Each year Rams Studying Abroad are invited to enter photos from their time abroad along with brief explanatory narratives. The themes are set for the coming year in the spring term for the coming year. Awards are presented in the fall term, normally as part of International Education Week activities.
In 2016, photos were submitted for three themes: “An unexpected moment”, “Wow!” and “Seeing the familiar in the unfamiliar”. Award winning photos and winners can be viewed below:
Alyson Hehr, First Place
Unexpected Moment Category
She took this picture while in Chamonix, France. “We rode up to the top of Mt. Blanc, the tallest mountain in Europe. Everywhere we looked there were long stretches of mountains. The day was so clear that we could see for seemingly miles. As we were leaving, our professors told us that they had never see it so clear, usually clouds roll in and cover the tips. The fact that we saw so far was definitely unexpected.
This image is from the beautiful Geothermal Valley in Rotorua, New Zealand. The steam from the geysers combined with the ferns and other foliage make it almost look like you’re on an entirely different planet.
Familiar in the Unfamiliar Category
During our time in Australia, we took a trip about two outside of Sydney to the Blue Mountains region. I had assumed Australia was all deserts and beaches, so I was surprised when we arrived in the cold, wet, and mountains to go hiking. It was absolutely breathtaking from every angle!