2015 Photo Contest Winners

2015 Photo Contest Winners

Cultural Connections

  • 1st Place Winner: Gina Gafford
  • Location: Sonipat, India


"Elders in a rural village of Sonipat (India) gather together to demonstrate their ceremonial pipe."

  • 2nd Place Winner: Taylor Harwood
  • Location: Guatemala


"'Fuego' means 'fire' in Spanish. There are many volcanoes in Guatemala but this was the only active one we saw. This is the view from our living room at Common Hope (an organization from St. Paul that provides education and healthcare to Guatemalan kids in poverty) in Antigua, Guatemala. Fuego puffed smoke every 15 minutes or so."

Katies Abroad

  • 1st Place Winner: Elea Ingman
  • Location: Cork, Ireland


"This was taken at the Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare, Ireland. The cliffs are only accessible by crossing a fence into a farmer’s field, on condition that we do so at our own risk. Dangling my feet over the 700 foot drop was certainly a reminder of mortality, but hey – the view was worth it!"

  • 2nd Place Winner: Kalyse Engebretson
  • Location: Lyon, France


"This photograph was taken in Lyon, France shortly after my friend Fiona and I “escaped” from our WorkAway in a tiny village in France. We decided we could better work on improving our understanding of French culture and the French language if we were out in the world, interacting with others rather than scrubbing showers with toothbrushes, so we left our WorkAway position and set out with all of our things in search of new friends and adventures. Along the way, we documented our experiences couch-surfing and wandering from city to city with an obscene amount of baggage, as neither of us were well-prepared for this adventure."

People's Choice Award

  • Winner: Alexandra Kennedy
  • Location: Ecuador


"We met this Ecuadorian man in the highlands. He was one of the last – if not the last – person in his community to make scarves and ponchos among many other things without using any automatic machinery."

Honorable Mention

  • Entitled to: Zoua Pa Xiong
  • Location: Venice, Italy


"When in Venice, never forget an umbrella, or you might just get wet."