They say a picture is worth a thousand words. UW-Green Bay students who studied abroad in the last year were encouraged to share some of those words by entering their photos in the annual Study Abroad Photo Contest.
This year’s winners were Rebecca Brown, Ryan Dunk, Amanda Nelson and Abby Puckhaber.
A display of the pictures was hung in the University Union, allowing all students to see the photos and vote for their favorite.
“Students were allowed to choose two images they enjoyed from each category and write them down on a ballot,” said Amber Bennett, senior art and French major and contest organizer.
This year, 21 students entered the contest and each was allowed to submit one photo to each of the categories. The four categories were Animals and Wildlife, People and Portraits, Buildings and Monuments and Nature and Scenery.
The first and second place winners for each category won tickets to the International Student Dinner.
Brown, senior human biology major, won first place for her photo of the Auschwitz concentration camp, titled “Work Didn’t Make Them Free.”
“The picture is of a gate that every prisoner had to enter through to get to what essentially would be their final resting place,” Brown said. “To me, it spoke volumes and made an impact that one will never forget.”
Bennett said this type of contest is important for students to stop and look at what’s around them and take in an experience like this.
“Too many people have tunnel vision nowadays, and they don’t take time to slow down and smell the roses,” Bennett said.
She went on to say that if all people care about is getting from point A to point B, or have their nose in their phone, they will miss so much actually going on in the world.
So remember to smell the roses and look at the world through a different lens.