International Photo Contest Finalists
Thank you to everyone for making the 2019/2020 Alberta School of Business International Photo Contest a great success!
After receiving a large number of entries showcasing a variety of student experiences from every continent on the globe (including Antarctica!), our selection panel chose the following 10 Finalists based on their creativity, quality and portrayal of the themes of exploration, cultural immersion and personal enrichment through international travel.
Voting for the Alberta School of Business International Photo Contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a vote and participated in the process for determining a winner from among these great entries. The student vote will be calculated by our selection panel and account for 20% of the final tally in choosing the Grand Prize winner. The entry chosen for the Grand Prize will be announced in April.
Best of luck to all our finalists!
Jared Bateman, MBA 2020
Travelling internationally is my very favourite thing to do. Taking pictures to document travel is important to me because I'm a visual person and looking at pictures helps me feel connected to my travel memories. This picture was taken in Cobh, a city in the southern most Province in Ireland. In Ireland it is often raining and this picture captures the beauty just before it starts to pour.
Cave of Wonders
Mursal Fazli, BCom 2020
This past summer I had the opportunity to visit Turkey. This country is filled with picturesque spots and historical wonders. This picture is of the “fairy chimneys” in the Cappadocia region. These are rock formations formed over thousands of years from volcanic ash. They are essentially caves that people still live in to this day. They have been inhabited by Buddhist monks, christians, muslims etc.
Reflections of the Past
Brendan Newman, MBA 2021
Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
Travel is a window into yourself; a reflection of the values you hold onto when all the places and people around you are changing. For me, it is a challenging, enriching, and eye-opening experience that demonstrates how I can improve by looking at life through new perspectives.
In the Clouds
Hanna Lemire, BCom 2022
Travelling provides me with the experience of understanding how others live first hand. I have had the chance to learn about other cultures and about how important it is to understand that we do not all live the same way. I am lucky to be able to see the things I have.
Jason Mills, MBA 2022
Baker Beach, San Francisco, USA
Travelling always ignites a sense of wonder and exploration inside of me, and this trip to San Francisco was no different. Everyone has seen pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge, but I had heard about a beach stroll that would give some of the best views, and some rare views, and I knew I had to discover it. It was a cloudy day (as can be the case in the Pacific Northwest), but walking that beach with the bridge in view was awe-inspiring.
Beneath the Tea House
Diane Jeon, BCom 2020
During a study tour to China, we visited a bustling garden surrounded by food vendors and souvenir shops. In the centre, there was a tidy tea house sitting on a pond, where this worker was silently fishing out the garbage that visitors had thrown or dropped into the water. I was humbled - we often forget that the tourist attractions we enjoy and photograph are carefully tended to by people working behind the scenes. Travelling always reminds me that we are visitors in these beautiful lands, and we should treat these homes with the same respect as we do our own.
Where We Live
Paramita Chaudhuri Basu, MBA 2021
Lachen, North Sikkim, India
I visited Lachen on an educational tour with undergraduate students in March 2018. The small hamlet is beautiful and nestled in the lap of the Himalayas. This picture of the derelict homes reminds me of the abject poverty of the hardy mountain people of Sikkim. Despite their hardships, they are extremely friendly. Our group lived on a homestay with a family. The weather was very cold and there was no heat or electricity. The homeowner tried to make our stay as comfortable as possible, and even cooked us hot meals for our dinner.
Fireflies at the Ancient Temple
Kun Qian, BCom 2020
July in Nanjing is sultry, and that is the time of the year when the fireflies are out. There are hundreds of people who visit this park every night during the Firefly season, so I had to wait till midnight to take this 5-minute long-exposure to capture the trails of Fireflies flying. Suddenly, there was a car that drove by. However, it did not ruin the picture but made it surprisingly better.
Mindy Tan, BCom 2022
The land of the rising sun is home to many stunning landscapes including the Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), one of Kyoto’s most iconic landmarks. Gazing over this serene view in person evoked thoughts of personal reflection. Overcast skies reminded me of difficult times in my life, however the Kinkaku-ji temple amongst the trees shone like a beacon of hope in my heart. I find that travel is not only about enjoying the trip, but also understanding and connecting with the local culture. Visiting Japan allowed me to broaden my worldview, which expands as I travel the globe.
Jared Bateman, MBA 2020
This picture was taken in Orkney, Scotland's Northern most islands. This is the farthest North that I have ever travelled. I was stunned at how peaceful and quiet the Orkney Islands were and this picture helps convey the peace I felt there.