Aggies Abroad Photo Contest

Voting Now Live for 2021 - 2022 Submissions!


Contest Rules

All photo submissions must:
  • Be your own original images taken using a camera or phone. Image screen shots or copies will not be accepted.
  • Be taken while on an Education Abroad program during the current or previous academic year.
  • Be high-quality resolution. File size should NOT be smaller than 2 MB.
  • NOT be altered, adjusted, or transformed using a photo editing software or filter. Cropping or basic color correction IS acceptable.
  • NOT contain or insinuate inappropriate content including but not limited to alcohol, drugs or related paraphernalia, sexual content, or illegal activity.




Aggie Pride

Photos in this category capture the Aggie Spirit while abroad. Successful entries will feature “Gig ‘Em,” the Aggie Ring, Yell/War Hymn poses, Texas A&M flags or clothing, and other TAMU traditions at an international site or landmark.


Aggies in Action

Photos in this category capture the essential educational component of being abroad through formal learning, cultural immersion, or service to others. Successful entries will feature Aggies learning, researching, volunteering, exploring, eating, or participating in unique cultural events.


Iconic Sites

Photos in this category capture the vast beauty and history associated with being abroad. Successful entries will evoke a sense of wanderlust for the viewer and feature Aggies at landmarks, famous attractions, historical sites and buildings, or in front of famous city skylines.



Photos in this category capture sweeping views of natural beauty. Successful entries will provide wide, birds-eye perspectives and unobstructed views of the world’s most beautiful destinations.



Global Aggies (International Students)

Photos in this category capture the Texas A&M experience for incoming international and exchange students. Successful entries will showcase international students immersed in Aggie culture and traditions.



Rainforest Views (Soltis Center)

Photos in the category capture the unique and biodiverse surroundings found at the Texas A&M University Soltis Center for Research and Education and the surrounding rainforest in Costa Rica. Successful entries will highlight what it’s like to learn, research, or serve in the midst of this Central American gem.


Submissions should have excellent composition, visual appeal, and should capture the impact of your international experience. Preference will be given to photos that meet the criteria of the category descriptions above and that:

  • Provide scenes that are undoubtedly abroad;
  • Feature candid moments and action shots;
  • Show a diverse representation of students and identities.

Submission Process and Deadlines

Submissions are accepted year-round; however, contest cycles will end at midnight on September 1. Photos submitted after that date will be considered for the following year’s contest. Winners will be announced during International Education Week.
Photo entries must be submitted through the online Aggies Abroad Photo Contest Submission Form. A separate form is required for each category and up to three (3) photo entries can be submitted per category.
Be prepared to provide the following information when submitted your photos:
  • Education Abroad program name and term/year abroad
  • Photo title
  • Location of the photo
  • Names of others in the photo (if known)
  • A brief description/narrative


Selection and Voting

Education Abroad staff and a panel of judges will review all submissions and select a maximum of 5 photos from each category to move on to the voting round. Selections will be based on the criteria listed above. Finalist will be notified no later than Sept. 15.
University-wide online voting will begin during the week of Education Abroad’s annual World Fair. A winner for each category will be determined based on number of votes. The photo that receives the highest number of votes across all categories will be deemed the photo contest’s Grand Prize Winner.



By submitting photos to Education Abroad, participants agree to grant Texas A&M University license for use of the photographs in displays related to the contest and in printed and electronic publications. Photos may be modified, retouched, and used for promotional purposes on the Texa A&M and/or Education Abroad website, social media accounts, and in brochures, flyers, or posters. By agreeing to these terms, entrants are releasing all submitted photos from any liability that may arise from the use of the images.


Seven prizes will be awarded. The winner for each category will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and the Grand Prize winner will receive a $250 Amazon gift card. All winners will also receive a certificate and an Education Abroad swag bag.
Winners will be recognized during International Education Week and will be featured on Education Abroad social media accounts. Winning photos will also be framed and displayed in the Pavilion. A select number of entries will also be displayed at the Aggie Frame of Mind display in the MSC.