Below are the winners of each category, along with a link to the honorable mentions, in the 2015 Study Abroad Photo Contest. Click on the thumbnail image to view a larger image (often 2-10MB).
Havana is something of a dichotomy. Modern thought often clashes with that of the Revolution era. Many Cubans want to move the nation forward but labor, resources, and money are scarce, making improvements very difficult, if not impossible. This photo depicts contrast - a Revolution-era vehicle passing a modern one, while in the background a new building stands beside a traditional, crumbling facade under renovation.
"Spectacular Sights in Iceland"
A Vietnamese woman who was selling roasted corn and bamboo "sticky rice" - a native dish in the northern mountainous region. She said "The Vietnamese people live an easy life. We are poor but we are happy." Knowing that the cost of my plane ticket alone was equivalent to the average annual income in areas of Vietnam changed my perspective and made me appreciate all of the opportunities I have in life.
Spartans Abroad Category
"As Far as the Eye Can See"
One of the most brutal yet beautiful experiences during my time in New Zealand was when I climbed Mt. Taranaki on Easter morning. We had to set out at 2 AM in order to watch the sun rise from the summit but the 5-6 hour hike up a 45 degree slope was well worth that spectacular view.
Making a Difference Category
"We D.O. Care"
Young girl who presented to the MSU Clinic with her younger brother. No parents for first checkup. Showed interest in what I was doing and enjoyed a brief lesson in listening to the heart. She stole my heart that day.