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Exchange Photo Contest

Congratulations to the winter term winners! 

With over 150 jaw-dropping submissions it was hard to choose the top nine photos, but the task is now done! Check out the finalists below and see all submission on Facebook. Last, but not least, congratulations to our winners: 1) Laura Fong, 2) Esther Wonder, and 3) Yuliana Havryshchuck.

The contest

Please note: The submission period is now closed. The next contest will open in Fall 2019.

Have you enjoyed studying abroad? We want to know more about the amazing experiences you had at your host school. Between February 14 - 21, submit up to five photos of your exchange experience for a chance to win one of three amazing UWaterloo prizes curtosey the W Store: 

  • 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

The contest is open to Waterloo students who are currently on exchange or have recently returned. The top five photos will be selected by a committee and published on Facebook and Instagram for students to vote on and share beginning March 4, 2019. Voting will close on March 7 at 11:59 p.m.  

The winners will be announced on social media on March 8 and will be notified by email. The winning photos will be shared via social media and used by the Student Success Office to share the essence of our community. 

What kind of photo can you submit? 

The photographs must be your own original work, capturing your unique exchange experience. The photos must also be appropriate for display and submitted in high resolution (minimum of 700kb). Here are some ideas to help you know what to submit.

  • Action shots of you around campus (you at a sporting event, having coffee on campus, hanging out with friends, etc.). 
  • What studying at your host school was like (your best study spot on campus, your residence, etc.).
  • Places around your host country. 
  • Photos depicting use of alcohol will not be considered in the competition. 

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.

Winning photo from last year's contest.

Last year's winning photo was submitted by Riley Brennan. She said, "Getting my 'Liverbird' wings in the city of my host institution, Liverpool."  


Disclosure of photos & submission form

By submitting photos through this web form you consent to and authorize the digital use of your images by the University of Waterloo. These images could be used for the purposes of marketing University of Waterloo programs and outreach activities to the general public. Examples include use and disclosure in digital marketing, promotion, public relations materials, public displays, exhibitions, and on the University of Waterloo’s websites and social media accounts.

Information and privacy: questions regarding the collection of information on this form can be directed to the form administrator.