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Exchange Photo Contest

Have you enjoyed studying outside of Canada? We want to know more about the amazing experiences you had. This contest is open to all UWaterloo students who were abroad on exchange during fall 2022 term.


Submit a photo of your exchange experience for a chance to win one of three amazing W Store prizes. 

  • First place: $50 W Store gift card + prize pack
  • Second place: $25 W Store gift card + prize pack
  • Third place: $20 W Store gift card + prize pack

Selection process

A committee will review the photo submissions and select the top nine photos (three for each theme) to be published on @UWaterlooLife Instagram. Students will vote and three winning photos will be announced via @UWaterlooLife Instagram.

Date Event
January 10, 2023 Accepting photo submissions
January 13, 2023 Photo submissions close
January 24, 2023 Voting on @UWaterlooLife Instagram begins
January 27, 2023
Voting on @UWaterlooLife Instagram closes
January 30-31, 2023 Winners will be announced on social media and contacted via email

Accepting entries

Submission guidelines:

  • Your photo must be your own original work
  • Include a short caption to describe the photo
  • Submit in high resolution (minimum of 700kb)
  • Your photo must fall under one of the following themes
cameraCampus life

We want to see the University of Waterloo through your eyes. Submit photos of your favourite spots on campus. 

cameraWater! Water! Water! Loo! Loo! Loo!

Show us your home away from home: submit photos of your adventures around Waterloo, Kitchener, and Cambridge. 

cameraOh Canada

There's so much to see in Canada - share photos from your travels across the country. 

Photos must be respectful of culture, people's lives, traditions, icons, and behaviours. If your photo includes other people, please seek their consent before submission. Photos depicting the use of alcohol or humans interacting with wild animals will not be considered in the competition.

Good luck Warriors! 

Congratulations to our winter 2020 winners

Anna Liang's winning photo.


Winning photo by: Anna Liang

"During my exchange, I went on a trip to Yogyakarta, Indonesia and embarked on a cave adventure through Jomblang Cave. Just as noon time hit, the sun casted magical streams of light through the cave, creating a majestic visual. It was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen." ⁣

Siddhartha's winning photo.

Old traditions: New experiences

Winning photo by: Siddhartha Datta

"From exploring the Scarborough Bluffs in Ontario to trekking down this beautiful cliff in Nusa Penida, Indonesia. Old traditions, new experiences."

Eric Qiu's winning photo.

A world of many colours

Winning photo by: Eric Qiu

"During my exchange at POSTECH in South Korea, I took every opportunity to explore other countries in Asia. One of these trips led me to Vietnam and a tour of Ninh Binh, a gorgeous natural reserve area with this breathtaking boat tour of Trang An. This image perfectly captures the surreal and colourful nature that I found in Vietnam, a completely different world than what I was used to in North America."

Submit your photo 

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