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Photo Contest

Winner of the Early Bird prize draw: Alexandria Pinto, exchange student from Australia!
Final date to submit: January 31, 2018.

We invite you to send one or two high resolution photos (per student) to  Fall exchange students are encouraged to participate.
In your submission please provide your full name, study program, the location where photo was taken, and one paragraph describing your experience related to the image.

Categories are:
– People & Culture
– Landscape & Wildlife
– Home away from Home
– Critical Global Issues

Terms and Conditions

This is student contest. Prior to the deadline, any student currently enrolled at Queen’s may submit 1 – 2 photos PER PERSON. Contest is open to exchange students who will be returning/have recently returned from their study at Queen’s. Students who are currently abroad are encouraged to participate.

By submitting photo(s), entrants consent that they have read and understood the terms and conditions, and release QUIC from all liability in connection with the production of photo(s).

By submitting your photo you are confirming that general consent of individuals in the image was obtained when their photo was taken by you. When choosing which photos to submit to the contest, students are advised to carefully consider issues of privacy, respect, dignity and vulnerability of individuals depicted/ involved. Description/story for each photo is collected to demonstrate photographer’s understanding of the image they have taken. Descriptions/stories will be displayed and published for winning photos. However, only photographs will be viewed by Contest judges – descriptions/stories are meant as a complementary piece that enhances the viewer’s understanding of student experience and process of photo-taking. QUIC reserves the right not to consider any entry it deems to be inappropriate. Student who entered the Contest may be asked for more information or clarification if necessary.

QUIC reserves the right to use all or part of all submitted photos in promotional materials, websites and social media.

By the means of participation in the Contest, students are giving their consent for their name, degree designation, photo description and the image to be publicly shared/published.

Winning photos and stories will be printed for a wall exhibit at the QUIC. QUIC is not responsible for lost or late entries. Re-submissions from past years will not be accepted. QUIC may cancel or modify this contest due to fraud, virus, or other causes beyond our control.


Contest Background

QUIC believes that sharing the excitement of your international experiences with others, whether you are an international student commenting on your impression of life in Canada, or a Canadian student who had an invaluable experience abroad, is an important step in the building of understanding, appreciation and enjoyment across cultures. QUIC especially welcomes submissions from:

  • International and Exchange students
  • Students who have recently lived, studied, worked, volunteered or traveled abroad
  • Students wanting to share international experiences in Canada or from a country of origin

Each year, a panel of judges chooses 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category, and one grand prize winner.  Previous judging panels included:

  • Director of Agnes Etherington Art Gallery
  • Representative/Photographer from Camera Kingston
  • Executive Director of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS)
  • President of the Alma Mater Society (AMS)
  • QUIC’s International Student Advisor (and a keen local photographer)
  • An International Student with background in Film Studies

This is an annual Contest. We invite you to view past photos and student stories on Flickr.
In 2016, a selection of winning photos was on display as part of ‘Creative Expressions’ exhibit with CTL.

In 2015, the Contest photos were exhibited at the local Pump House Steam Museum.