ISV Magazine Photo Contest Winner: Yu Zhou Lee

Congratulations Yu Zhou Lee from Duke University, you are the winner of the 2012 International Student Voice Magazine student photo contest! Read this article to also see our top finalists.

International Student Voice Magazine gave international students and study abroad students the opportunity to express what it’s like living in a new country through photography.

The theme of the contest was “My Life in a New Country”. Students were asked to submit just one photograph that described what life is like in a new country. We received almost 200 submissions for this contest.

Photographs were judged based on the following:

60% creativity, description, and quality

40% Facebook “likes”

All together, photographs received more than 9,000 likes on our Facebook page! Yu Zhou Lee will receive a brand new iPod touch.

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.

Honorable Mentions

(in no particular order)

Angelina Ponce-University of Texas at Arlington

Costa Rica's pure nature has had the greatest impact on me during this study abroad semester. I never thought the ocean breeze, the mist up in the mountains, and the clear water in the Caribbean had the power to calm my anxiety, stress, and worry down. Although we had a 7.6 magnitude earthquake and many large aftershocks, I was able to keep calm throughout those inevitable natural happenings. I have learned to live every day to the fullest, because we never know when our lives will end. I am thankful for this life changing experience and for everything else that beautiful Costa Rica had to offer.
Costa Rica’s pure nature has had the greatest impact on me during this study abroad semester. I never thought the ocean breeze, the mist up in the mountains, and the clear water in the Caribbean had the power to calm my anxiety, stress, and worry down. Although we had a 7.6 magnitude earthquake and many large aftershocks, I was able to keep calm throughout those inevitable natural happenings. I have learned to live every day to the fullest, because we never know when our lives will end. I am thankful for this life changing experience and for everything else that beautiful Costa Rica had to offer.

Jose Vasquez-Northcentral Technical College

Nowadays the majority of people know or have an idea of what is grandparents’ love. I didn’t have the chance to meet my grandparents for consequences of the civil war in my country and for other reasons, but when I came to the USA I met Cheryl Falskowki, my host mother, and her wonderful family. I call her mom and her dad Grandpa; they are my second family and they support me in many ways, for example, grandpa sometimes cooks some delicious soup and he’s a really good joker with me. I really love them and for me they have been the biggest impact in my life in a new country, because they opened the door to new person that they don’t even know and after that they love me a lot. When I was in El Salvador the only love that I had was from my parents and not from somebody else, now I feel very supported and I think that they are just a blessing in my life.
Nowadays the majority of people know or have an idea of what is grandparents’ love. I didn’t have the chance to meet my grandparents for consequences of the civil war in my country and for other reasons, but when I came to the USA I met Cheryl Falskowki, my host mother, and her wonderful family. I call her mom and her dad Grandpa; they are my second family and they support me in many ways, for example, grandpa sometimes cooks some delicious soup and he’s a really good joker with me. I really love them and for me they have been the biggest impact in my life in a new country, because they opened the door to new person that they don’t even know and after that they love me a lot. When I was in El Salvador the only love that I had was from my parents and not from somebody else, now I feel very supported and I think that they are just a blessing in my life.

Bahareh Gharehgozlou-Kent State University

My life in the United States (August 2011-October 2012): The wonderful diversity of people and cultures that I have seen during my experience as an international student!
My life in the United States (August 2011-October 2012): The wonderful diversity of people and cultures that I have seen during my experience as an international student!

Gloria Atanmo-Harlaxton College

This photo truly sums up the fun, thrill, and impact studying abroad has had on my life. It doesn't matter where in the world I am, I can always create new adventures, build lasting memories, or experience new things. The exuberance of the colors and the happy expression on my face should be enough to sell the experience of just how amazing studying abroad can be!
This photo truly sums up the fun, thrill, and impact studying abroad has had on my life. It doesn’t matter where in the world I am, I can always create new adventures, build lasting memories, or experience new things. The exuberance of the colors and the happy expression on my face should be enough to sell the experience of just how amazing studying abroad can be!

Brian Phillips-University of South Carolina

Looking out over Schonbrunn Palace, the summer home of the Habsburg Empire, in Vienna. The sheer amount of culture and history in this central European capital is mind-blowing. From the numerous palaces to the astounding churches to the presence of the arts, no other city in the world has as much to offer as Vienna does.
Looking out over Schonbrunn Palace, the summer home of the Habsburg Empire, in Vienna. The sheer amount of culture and history in this central European capital is mind-blowing. From the numerous palaces to the astounding churches to the presence of the arts, no other city in the world has as much to offer as Vienna does.

Jory Gwasdoff-University of Oregon

Not only has food been been an amazing part of my experience upon arriving in Jerusalem, but the way I buy food has as well. In Jerusalem, I go to what is called a Shuk (like a farmer's market in America) for all my fruits, vegetables, spices, meats, and more! I took this picture at the Shuk because I think it is a good representation of how colorful and unique the market is.
Not only has food been been an amazing part of my experience upon arriving in Jerusalem, but the way I buy food has as well. In Jerusalem, I go to what is called a Shuk (like a farmer’s market in America) for all my fruits, vegetables, spices, meats, and more! I took this picture at the Shuk because I think it is a good representation of how colorful and unique the market is.

Kelsie Stanley-University of South Carolina

I call this photo ""Who Lives Sees, But Who Travels Sees More"". I took this picture in Burano, Italy and I think it truly captures the beauty of the place. Everytime I look at the photo it reminds me how different every part of the world is, and that no matter where or why you travel, there's always something wonderfully new and beautiful to be found.
I call this photo “”Who Lives Sees, But Who Travels Sees More””. I took this picture in Burano, Italy and I think it truly captures the beauty of the place. Everytime I look at the photo it reminds me how different every part of the world is, and that no matter where or why you travel, there’s always something wonderfully new and beautiful to be found.

Lena Gerber-Purdue University

My study abroad experience was about traveling and taking in the sights of a beautifully diverse country. I constantly dreamt of where my next adventure would take place. This photograph represents my final adventure with all the friends I'd met studying abroad. We took time out of our touristy day to grab some ice cream, sit down and simply marvel at the sheer awesomeness of the Sydney Opera House. While my study abroad was over in the blink of an eye, my memories and photos will always remind me of a time where I got to experience a life in a new country.
My study abroad experience was about traveling and taking in the sights of a beautifully diverse country. I constantly dreamt of where my next adventure would take place. This photograph represents my final adventure with all the friends I’d met studying abroad. We took time out of our touristy day to grab some ice cream, sit down and simply marvel at the sheer awesomeness of the Sydney Opera House. While my study abroad was over in the blink of an eye, my memories and photos will always remind me of a time where I got to experience a life in a new country.

 Ismael Ismael-Kent State University

'Music never gets old' The most interesting moment was when I understood their feeling from music more than the lyrics. The time stops when they play music, which keep them always young.
‘Music never gets old’
The most interesting moment was when I understood their feelings from music more than the lyrics. The time stops when they play music, which keep them always young.

 

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