Worldly Warriors Photo Contest

The Worldly Warriors Photo Contest is OPEN!

Have you taken some great photos while studying or traveling off-campus recently? Enter our photo contest!

Photo Contest Timeline Summer 2023

  • May 8 - August 21 at 11:59pm: Submissions accepted 
  • August 28-31: Voting occurs on Instagram @WinonaStudyAbroad
  • September 5: Winners announced 
The entire WSU community (and beyond) will be invited to vote on semi-finalists to determine winners! 

Select entries are printed in the Worldly Warriors Photo Calendar for the upcoming year.

Entering the Photo Contest 

Entries are accepted May 8, 2023 through August 21, 2023 at 11:59pm. 

We encourage you to submit photos that illustrate something unique to your experience, showing sensitivity to host culture. Winning photos tend to be the ones that engage the viewer and draw them in. 

While photos of yourself on the beach or in front of Big Ben can be great (in fact, that's perfect for the Selfie category!), think beyond that. Show us what's behind the scenes of your host community. Give us a glimpse of what's unique or special about where you were and who you met. 

Photos that include the following types of content will be excluded from the contest:
  • Representations of illegal activity 
  • Images that appear to threaten the health or safety of any individual or group
  • Images of minors/children
  • Images that are obscene 
  • Images that violate the WSU code of student conduct
  • You must be a Winona State University student, or faculty/staff member.
  • You must have mot have submitted these photos in any previous Worldly Warriors photo contest
  • All entries were taken in the last two years by you while studying/traveling off-campus and are your property

You may submit up to 3 photos in each category
  • Behind the Scenes: There's more to your destination than the typical photo op. Give us an image that portray student life, real local culture, or intercultural interactions.
  • Environment: What built or natural wonders inspired or awed you? These photos may or may not be people in them, but they still give you a sense of place.
  • Worldly Warriors and Selfies: Whether you're wearing Winona gear or not, we want to see YOU in places you've loved
The form will as you to describe briefly
  1. Where you went for study abroad (or travel experience)?
  2. Why this experience was important to you - basically, why did you do it?
  3. Why did you choose to go on this particular program?
  4. The biggest impact of the experience on you. Try to focus on the one or two significant things that matter most to you about having done this.
We may use this in future office publications, so you may want to type this out in advance, then copy and past your answer into the form.

The form will ask for a title, location, and description for each photo you submit. You name, and some of this information may be attributed to your photo on social media and/or in the Photo Contest calendar, after the contest is complete, so bear that in mind. 

Please note that submissions will not be considered unless you agree to the permission and use of likeness statements 

Voting for Photos 

Once the photo contest submission period has ended, a panel of judges will evaluate submissions based on 
  • photo quality 
  • content, and
  • geographic representation 
The top 8 photos in each category will be chosen as semifinalists. Those photos will be featured for voting on the @WinonaStudyAbroad IG account stories August 28-31. Encourage your friends to vote too!
  • Watch for your opportunity to vote starting August 28 - feel free to share these stories to drum up votes! 
  • All submissions will be displayed in category albums at Look for the photo albums organized by category.
    • 2023 Behind the Scenes Entries photo album 
    • 2023 Environment Entries photo album 
    • 2023 Worldly Warriors & Selfies Entries photo album
  • September 5, 2023 - Winners announced 


Student winners in each category will receive prizes listed below. Please note that no winner will be eligible for more than one prize. 
  • First Place: $25 Amazon gift card
  • Second Place: $20 Amazon gift card
  • Third Place: $10 Amazon gift card

Previous Winners

Our Worldly Warriors have been to some wonderful places and taken some amazing photos. Check out previous submissions & winners at as well!