Mary-Magdalene Chumbow from Cameroon was selected was the winner of the ISV Magazine Summer Photo Contest! She is a current international student at Ohio University.

Cameroon Student Selected Winner of Summer Photo Contest

Mary-Magdalene Chumbow from Cameroon, studying at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, has been selected the winner of the International Student Voice Summer Photo Contest. As the winner, she will receive a $500 scholarship to help with her studies during the 2018-2019 academic year.

More than 30 international students entered the contest for a chance to win the scholarship. Students were asked to submit a photo, along with a caption, describing what life is like in a new country. Judging was based on 60% creativity, quality, and caption and 40% based on Facebook likes.

After the top 10 photos were selected based on Facebook likes, from those 10 photos the winning photo was selected based on creativity, quality, and description.

“All the photos brought a different point of view of what life is like in a new country,” Carrie Circosta, Editor in Chief shared. “So that made it more difficult to select just one winner. But it was the quality of Mary-Magdalene’s photo and the hopefulness she felt and so eloquently described in her caption that made her rise to the top.”

Please see the image and caption below for Mary-Magdalene’s winning submission:

A year before this photo was taken, he had not dreamed of visiting and living in the places he has been to so far.

Today, seeing my eight-year old with a pink selfie stick in hand and #BlackPanther Tee Shirt on his body, taking a selfie with the big White House on 1600 Pensylvannia Avenue in the background, I believe this is just the beginning of something beautiful.

This gives me hope for the new life we just started in this new country, the USA; Hope of exposure, adventure and growth, together.

Mary-Magdalene Chumbow, Cameroon, Ohio University

This photo, along with the other finalists, will be featured in the fall 2018 printed issue of International Student Voice Magazine.

We would like to take a moment to congratulate the following students for making it to the top 10:

Unika Dhakhwa, Nepal, Juniata College
Johanna Ramos, Colombia, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Jennifer Medina, Mexico, Juniata College
Sara Simonovska, Macedonia, The University of Akron
Maayan Brodsky, Israel, CUNY GRADUATE CENTER Public Programs
Mubarak Haruna, Nigeria, Merritt College
Jenjira Meekrobthong, Thailand, Long Beach City College
Jose Saul Vasquez Argueta, El Salvador, UW-Stevens Point
Lea Lahoud, Lebanon, Virginia Commonwealth University

We would also like to thank all the international students who participated in this year’s summer photo contest!

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