2016 Foster Study Abroad Photo Contest Winners!

The Global Business Center is very happy to present the winners and 2nd place recipients of its 10th Annual Foster Study Abroad Photo Contest. This year’s entries are visual representations of the transformative and unique global experiences that the Global Business Center facilitates for students each year. These amazing photos come from all over the world, and the photo titles and captions help bring these experiences and the student’s perspectives to life even further. Both current Foster students and Foster alumni submitted photos of their study abroad experiences.

Students and Alums submitted their photos to one of the following categories:

  1. Foster Spirit: Photos showing off Foster/UW swag abroad
  2. Passport to the world: A photo that inspires others to study abroad
  3. My Global Lens: A photo that displays views uniquely accessible to students living abroad – social issues, cultural interactions, cityscapes, landscapes, etc.
  4. Throwback: A special category with photos capturing the essence of Alumni experiences abroad

Foster School Faculty and Staff judged photos based on creativity, quality, originality, and overall impact. The winning photos received the most votes within their particular category. The People’s Choice winning photo received the greatest number of votes by the general public.

Enjoy these spectacular photos!


Jennifer Louie, Foster Direct Exchange with Chulalongkorn University

Location: Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Grand Prize

Title: Ancient Sunrise

Caption: In a corridor at the southern gate of Angkor Wat, the sun slowly begins to pour in, casting beautiful shadows and reflections to highlight the dynamic carvings and stones of the ancient religious temple.


Ariel Lee, 2011 UW and CUHK (Hong Kong) study abroad program

Location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

People's Choice 1st

Title: A Journey of 10,000km

Caption: The sun rises above the main station of Ulaanbaatar as I reach midpoint of my Trans-Siberian Railway journey. I journeyed on train from Moscow through Mongolia, China, then finally ended up in Hong Kong.


Robert McKenna, Morocco Triple Impact Exploration Seminar

Location: Morocco

People's Choice 2nd

Title: High Atlas Sunset

Caption: The Moroccan sun showing its final shrouds of light, leaving our camp in starlight darkness- elevation 8,000 ft.


Julia Allen-Piilani, Business Brazil Exploration Seminar

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Foster Spirit 1st

Title: Huskies in Rio!

Caption: Myself and my wonderful study abroad group hanging out with our good friend. His outrageous height is made up for by his many other redeeming qualities.


Natasha Pulliam, Business Britain Exploration Seminar

Location: Stonehenge, UK

Foster Spirit 2nd

Title: Dawg Saturday in the UK

Caption: On a Saturday in the UK the best things to do are: tour Stonehenge, come up with your theory on how they got there (aliens?), and celebrate Dawg Saturday from 4,754 miles away.  Go Dawgs and go abroad!


Madeline Gunderson, Honors Exchange with Universidad de San Andres

Location: Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Passport to the World 1st

Title: Using my Ice-Sight

Caption: Backpacking through Southern Patagonia.


Melissa Rame, Foster Direct Exchange with NHH

Location: Preikestolen, Norway

Passport to the World 2nd

Title: Dear Norway, I Love You

Caption: Sometimes you just need to sit down, and take in the view


Teresa Ling, Husky Presidential Ambassadors

Location: Great Wall of China, Beijing, China

My Global Lens 1st

Title: Things We Lost in the Fire

Caption: Much of China’s history has been distorted, misinterpreted, or simply lost. Much of China’s present-day culture is undergoing that same process right now.


Henry Milander, Independent – Summer intensive Arabic language studies at ALIF, Arabic Language Institute in Fez.

Location: Cascades d’Akchour (Chefchaouen, Morocco)

My Global Lens 2nd

Title: Out of Fez, Into Morocco

Caption: There is light ahead. It’s shining on bustling alleys, the stirring voice of a muezzin, and the unfinished trials and tribulations of yesterday. We are all trying to get out of the woods.


Bob Kayser, Foster MBA Alumni

Location: Li River Guilin, China

Throwback 1st

Title: Cormorant Fisherman on the Li River near Guilin China

Caption: The mountains around Guilin are dreamlike, and watching the Cormorant Fishermen makes the whole experience all the more surreal.

THROWBACK, 2nd Place

Emily Leung, Foster Undergraduate Alumni

Location: Guilin, China

Throwback 2nd

Title: Mountains stamped in history

Caption:  A famous photo stamped on the 20 Yuan taken in the spot where it was inspired from.


Judges included over 50 faculty and staff members. Learn more about MBA and undergraduate study abroad opportunities at the Foster School.


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