The Study Abroad office sponsored their second annual study abroad photo contest this year, and once again the results were impressive.
Allison Hartman ’13 captured the first place prize for her photo titled “Hard Life in Thin Air,” which shows Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca in Peru. “Taquile Island in Lake Titicaca does not allow any machines so residents must carry everything on their backs. Lake Titicaca is a deep blue because it is the highest navigable lake in the world,” says Hartman.
The second place price went to Elizabeth Mahoney ’13 for her photo titled “Positano: A City Built into the Side of a Mountain” which was shot in Positano, Italy. “Positano was one of the quaintest and most charming places that I have visited in my year abroad,” says Mahoney. “The tiny town of just under 4,000 residents is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Built literally into the side of the mountain, Positano has only one main road which is one way. It is known for its phenomenal seafood, extremely kind residents and incredible location along the Amalfi Coast.”
Charlotte Gellene ’13 garnered third place for her photo titled ” La Maleta,” which was taken in Pamplona, Spain. “This was one of the first interesting things I saw during my times abroad,” explains Gellene. “In Pamplona we came across a street in which every house had a differently decorated suitcase hanging outside its window. One looked like an old boom box, another had handlebars and wheels as if it was a bicycle, and others had stories written on them. This one was simple but stunning nonetheless with the intense red interior set against the calm white exterior.”
Gellene also nabbed an honorable mention for ” Valldemossa,” shot in Mallorca, Spain. “This photo was taken in a small town near the city of Palma. Each of the towns in Mallorca has a unique and beautiful character. Valldemossa is known for its cobblestone streets, green shutters and the small plant pots suspended on the walls that line every street. I think this photo really demonstrates the tranquility that Mallorcan towns have been able to maintain despite the years of development and tourism on the island.”
Mary McClay ’13 received an honorable mention for her photo titled “Agatha’s Smile,” which was taken in the village of HaMakuya in South Africa. “I interviewed Agatha for one of our research projects as she was drying spinach in the afternoon sun. The joy she radiated as we spoke was inspiring,” says McClay.