Photo Contest

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International Student Voice Magazine Photo Contest

The theme of this contest is: “My Life in a New Country”


International students: What has had the greatest impact on you living in a new country? The food? Learning a new language? Maybe the weather? Think about what it’s been like…now capture it in a photograph!

U.S. American students: Will you be studying abroad during the 2014-2015 year? Show us in one photo why you want to study abroad. If you’re currently studying abroad or did study abroad trip this past year, show us what life is like in a new country!


The Prizes:

Winners will receive a brand new iPad mini, a $100 gift card, be featured in the fall 2014 issue of ISV Magazine, and become a guest blogger for the ISV Magzine website.

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 This contest is sponsored by International Student Protection. Learn more about insurance for international students and American students by visiting


How Many Winners?

There will be two winners: one international student and one U.S. American student.

Eligible students include: 

International students studying in the United States (J-1 or F-1 visas) during the 2014-2015 academic year. This includes exchange students, ESL, bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD students.

U.S. American students who are currently full-time or part-time students at a U.S. institution who will be studying abroad during the 2014-2015 academic year or currently studying abroad during summer 2014.

Before winners are announced, student eligibility will be confirmed via email with the Editor in Chief.

What is the commitment of being a guest blogger for ISV Magazine?

If selected as a winner, part of the prize package is blogging for ISV Magazine! This means you are committed to blogging for the ISV Magazine website during the 2014-2015 academic year. We would like to have an article related to your experiences as an international student, American study abroad student, or international education at least once a month. The Editor in Chief will help you brainstorm ideas for your articles if necessary.

Before winners are announced, winners will have to sign a commitment form.


July 21, 2014 at 11:59PM(EST).

View all entries:

After July 28 all photos entries can be viewed on our Facebook page.


Photographs will be judged based on the following:

60% creativity, description of the photo, and quality

40% Facebook “likes” the photo receives on the ISV Magazine Facebook page between July 28-August 11.

The winning photograph will be announced on August 15

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2012 Winner: Yu Zhou Lee, Duke University

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A photo of the Charles River in Boston flipped upside down, with the reflection seeming like the night sky and reality of day turning into the ‘reflection’. Taken during a trip to Boston during Thanksgiving, it reminds me of how my home, Singapore, is 9000 miles away, with a time difference of 12 hours from school – days in Durham are nights at back at home. The photo represents shifting realities, where the dream of pursuing an education in the U.S. is no longer an imagination, but a physical reality and home is now a reflection of the past.



  • 14th Nov, 2012

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