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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 during the fall 2022 term. Submit photos of your exchange experience for a chance to win one of three amazing W Store prizes. There is a limit of three entries in total.

Accepting entries

Looking for ways to share and relive some favourite moments from your term abroad? This is your chance to reflect back on your travels and submit photos that capture one of the themes below to win one of three W Store prizes.

This contest is open to all UWaterloo students who are either currently abroad on exchange or were abroad on exchange this past year. 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 get a chance to vote and the three winning photos will be shared via Instagram and the Student Success Office on January 30, 2023.

The contest launches on January 9, 2023 and will close for photo submissions on January 15, 2023. Voting on Instagram will begin on January 24, 2023 and close on January 27, 2023.

One winner per theme will be announced on social media and will be notified by email on January 31, 2023. The three winning photos will be shared via social media and used by the Student Success Office to share the exchange experience.

What kind of photo can you submit? 

The photographs must be your own original work, capturing your unique exchange experience in one of the following themes:


Have you ever felt sentimental or deeply missed a moment from you past? Tell us about such a moment from your exchange. Why would you relive it? 

cameraOld traditions: New experiences

What is a unique tradition that is well known in Canada? What was it like to try it for the first time? Would you do it again, why or why not? 

cameraA world of many colours

What are some of the colourful highlights from your exchange? What about a particular experience grabbed your attention? 

In your submissions, include a short caption to describe the photograph and why you shot it. If you’ve included a friend in your photo make sure to get their permission before you submit to the contest.

Please note: The photos must also be appropriate for display and submitted in high resolution (minimum of 700kb). Photos depicting use of alcohol 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."

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