A picture of peace before the bombs

Lucy Wang's TimeFrom co-op to academic exchange, UWaterloo students have the opportunity to travel the world and share their experiences with us. Earlier this month, Waterloo International showcased 13 student photographers in a campus-wide competition for International Celebrations Week. The finalists displayed their artwork in the second-floor bridge connecting the Math and computing building (MC) and Davis Centre (DC). All afternoon, students and staff had the opportunity to evaluate the photo submissions and vote on their favourites.

Of the 416 ballots cast, Lucy Wang, a 3B Civil Engineering student, claimed first place in the competition. In 2015, she went on exchange to the Technical University of Denmark, but had the opportunity to travel frequently. Her photograph, Time, was taken during her visit to France. 

Lucy was visiting the Musée d'Orsay, when she saw two women walking near the massive clock that defines the former railway station. Her photographer’s instinct told her it would make a perfect shot. Now Lucy feels that Time will forever portray the peace and safety felt in Paris before the terrorist attacks of November 13.

This photo means a lot to me because it was taken exactly one week before the Paris attacks which affected me deeply. Choosing to visit the city a week earlier [than the shootings and suicide bombing] may have granted me more years in life.

The second place award in the competition went to Tony Au-Yeung, a 5A Computer Science and Business Administration student. While on co-op in New York City, he took an incredible landscape on the fly, capturing night falling on the cosmopolitan city. Climbing to the top of the Rockefeller Centre, Tony rushed to catch the sunset and get back to work.

City Horizons - by Tony Au-Yeung

It's a good memory of my time in New York City, as well as a reminder that even amid the tall grey buildings and dull office lights, you can still find beauty in the city that never sleeps.

Third prize went to Wesley Chu, a 3B Architecture student. While on exchange in Los Angeles, California, Wesley hiked atop Mount Hollywood to capture the stars. Once there, he snapped this ethereal image of the Griffith Observatory, a popular facility to gaze through telescopes at the night sky. 

Griffith Observatory, LA, USAThe international journeys of these award-winning students are far from over. Lucy hopes to visit Greece, India and Turkey in the near future. Now on academic exchange in Singapore, Tony plans to visit Indonesia, Taiwan and Japan before coming home.

Congratulations to all the students who submitted photos to the International Celebrations Week photography contest. Keep experiencing the world, UWaterloo!

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