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Carolina Global Photography Competition

The submission period is now closed.  Thanks to everyone that entered!

The Center for Global Initiatives (CGI), Study Abroad and UNC Global are pleased to announce a collaborative call for entries to the 14th Annual Carolina Global Photography Competition. This is an amateur photography competition that is open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


1.  Submit this form (No longer available)

By submitting the "Carolina Global Photography Competition Entry Form," entrants grant permission to UNC for a non-exclusive license to use the photos submitted to the contest. Entrants provide permission to UNC to copy, distribute, display, modify, edit, or condense submitted photos and corresponding captions, credits and entrant biographical information. Entrants also grant UNC permission to use photos submitted as part of this competition in print and web-based projects associated with UNC. Entrants represent that they have the right to enter into this agreement and that the photos are original to them. Entrants retain copyright and ownership of photos.

2.  Email photos to bkutchma@email.unc.edu. Please name your files using your last name and the numeric order of your submission.  Examples: kutchma1.jpeg; kutchma2.jpeg; kutchma3.jpg.


1. Entry Period: April 29, 2013 through September 30, 2013. Entries must be the original work of the entrant, and must be created exclusively by the entrant. 

2.  Photo specs

Both old and new photos will be accepted.  There is NO submission restriction for the time period when the photo was taken. Photos that have been altered are also eligible (ie-altered with Photoshop, Lightroom, etc). We recommend submitting your photo in jpeg format, 300 DPI 4inx6in.  Winners of the contest will be asked to submit higher resolution photographs for prints and publications.

3. Judging Criteria: Entries will be judged on whether the image and caption description:

1) conveys knowledge
2) explores the under-represented in traditional media
3) demonstrates artistic merit.

4. Prizes:
Grand Prize: TBA
Second Place: TBA
Third Place: TBA

Winners will be notified by email.

5. Exhibit: Winning entries and selected photos will be exhibited in the UNC Fedex Global Education Center January through February 2014. Winning submissions may also be published in the Center for Global Initiatives 2014 Calendar.

6. Please review these guidelines for taking culturally sensitive photos http://www.culturosity.com/pdfs/CulturallySensitivePhotography.pdf

  • Read the article in Endeavors on the competition.


Q1.  Am I limited to only 3 photos?  Can I submit more?
A1.  No more than 3 photos can be submitted.  Choose your favorites!

Q2.  Do I have to submit 3 photos?
A1.  No.  You may submit 1, 2 or 3 photos but no more than 3.

Q3.  Do photos have to be taken on UNC Study Abroad trips?
A3.  Not at all.  There is no requirement or limitation on where or when the photo was taken.  Alumni could even submit photos taken from 20 years ago!

Q4.  I am technically not a UNC student but I am enrolled in a collaborative program between Duke and UNC.  Am I eligible to submit?
A. Yes! 

Q5.  I would like to submit a photo taken in the US that has an international dimension.  Is that allowable?
A5. Yes! 

  •  2012 CGI Calendar