Global Eyes 2015

Category: City Life


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“Karoshi: Working to Death” by Dennis Sullivan
Japan | March 2014

Japan is the only country I know of where overworking is a valid excuse for death. This was taken on the last train of the night. Though only sleeping now, this is an early symptom of Karoshi getting to him.

wired “A City of Art” by Devan Piniewski
Chile | April 2014

The city of Valparaíso is known for its beautiful and creative street art. As luck would have it, I stumbled across the making of a colorful mural in action. The man shown in this photo was working on the mural outside of his business.

wired “You Are Never Alone in the City” by Colleen Gilliatt
Chile | May 2014

The street dogs, or "los kiltros," in Valparaíso are beloved members of the community. They serve as escorts, protectors, companions and an ever-present friend to foreigners on the streets. Pictured here, they enjoy a lazy afternoon..

Category: Creative/Artistic


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“I Am the Millenium” by Anna Ste. Marie
Uganda/Rwanda | June 2014

She sews for progress. She weaves for development. She is a resident of a UN Millennium Village, and this movement, this community, this basket; they are Rwanda's future.

wired “New Heights” by Nathan Gabel
 England| June 2014

This photo was taken beyond the time of my class when I chose to stay in England for five more days with a friend at the University of Oxford.  I wanted to spend a whole day in London with her, so we decided to get on a bus early one day and just explore the city.  Riding the London Eye is something I'll probably never get to do again.  The view of the city was incredible, and it was a day I'll never forget.

wired “Looking Through” by Adrienne D'Elia
Italy | November 2014

As the warm breeze blew through the trees and bushes, the clouds moved lazily over our high perch. The Gardens of Tivoli clung to the hill and surveyed the surrounding landscape, while its one hundred fountains created romantic music amidst its astounding architecture. As the sun slipped in and out from between the clouds, its light became caught within this archway and created a magical view of the landscape beyond. Reminiscent of an Italian Renaissance painting, the archway perfectly framed the green land and blue sky within, immortalizing a unique and beautiful country.

wired “Functional Beauties” by Brianna Healy
Ireland | September 2014

These lobster traps were just strewn about the rocks of the coast on the small island of Inis Oirr. These objects of functionality are captivating, and the way the teal of the traps plays off against the deeper blues of the sky and sea behind them is visually enticing. The scene was quite rejuvenating.

Category: Culture Most Distinct from SMC


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“King of Haattee, Servent of Men” by Ilit Bavly
Nepal | February 2014

Early one morning, my friends and I ran to see elephants bathing in a nearby river.  But while the idea of seeing the magical creatures was so enthralling, the reality was quite different; it was a staged show for tourists who were searching for the next exotic attraction.  Elephant owners stood in the water, as tourists from around the world took off their clothes and tried to ride the animals.  The man in the picture was standing on his elephant with a stick to prod and hit, distant from the crowd but completely part of the game.  I was left confused by the event, questioning the morality of it all, while remembering the role that we "enlightened ones" played in planting the seeds of this spectacle.

wired ““To’ona’i”, Feast” by Maria Rengucci
Samoa | September 2014

During my homestay in the Village of Lotofaga I learned that the To’ona’i, the preparation of a meal, is very important. It is done in the umu, a fire set in its own cooking area, and many things are prepared and cooked here such as taro, bananas, chicken, pork, fish and coconut cream. This picture shows two men hard at work preparing the pork, while wearing their lavalavas, fabric worn by both men and women. It isn’t everyday for an American to see such food preparation, but for a Samoan preparing to feast, it is a daily event.

wired Protect Us Jizo” by Dennis Sullivan
Japan | April 2014

Jizo is seen as the local protector for travelers and miscarried children throughout Japan.  Here dozens of Jizos stand together as offerings to those whose children have passed on before their parents.

Category: Landscape


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“Sand Sea” by Juliana Summers
Namibia | June 2014

The wind picks up, swirling and settling the sand atop more of the like.  There is no end in sight. Mountains of orange granules tower over the landscape, caught in half-light from the setting sun. There is truly nothing like it — the stark contrast of the dunes against the sky, in varying waves and patterns, all blending together into a vast desert sea.

wired “Good Friday” by Darcy Andrade
Poland | April 2014

The hike to the top of Mount Srd from Dubrovnik would exhaust any traveler that forgoes to take the fifteen-minute cable car ride from the city below. However, the trail less traveled leading to the backside of the mountain is far worth the rigorous hike. Overlooking the city below, a traveler stands at the edge of the cliffs admiring the sunset with a new appreciation on this Good Friday.

wired “Heaven on Earth” by Jenna Maksian
Italy | November 2014

An island covered in white-washed churches, donkeys, and multicolored beaches, Santorini, Greece is a place of its own.  With miles of coastline and cliffs 300m high, this Greek island is simply breathtaking.

wired “Flags and Farmland” by Peyton O'Connor
Tibet/China | June 2014

Tibetan prayer flags are a common sight amongst the Himalayan mountainsides.  It is believed that the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all spaces, thus benefitting all beings.  This is the view from the first Tibetan King's palace, giving him the ability to watch over his people.  The only footwear I had this day was a pair of crocs sandals, making the exploration of the mountainside ever more adventurous.

Category: Nature and the Environment


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“Landfill Inhabitants” by Maria Weber
Guatemala | May 2014

This is the largest landfill in Central America, located directly next to Guatemala’s national cemetery.  Garbage trucks are making their deliveries to the people who live in the landfill and who sustain off the waste using it for a source of food, income, and shelter.  These people, similar to the majority of Guatemala’s population, live in extreme poverty and life in the landfill is the only life they’ll ever know.


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“Deadvlei” by Juliana Summers
Namibia | June 2014

The Namib Desert is a little cove of dead splendor. Nestled beneath the “highest sand dune in the world,” Deadvlei is dry, cracked, and spotted with twisted acacia erioloba trees — a reminder of the beauty in the unconventional.

wired “Manny, El Mono” by Cara Chapman
Costa Rica | January 2014

During my first weekend in Costa Rica, I traveled with my group to Manuel Antonio on the Pacific Coast. On our second day there, we made our way through a tour of Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio and stopped at the beach, but I took my camera and went back into the trees where all the Capuchin monkeys were stalking through the branches. After following them for a bit (the same way they usually follow humans in the hopes of robbing food), I was able to capture this photo of a Capuchin (who I would later name Manny) looking directly at my camera. What continues to strike me about this photograph is that he seems just as curious as I was at the time. To him, I was a stranger; to me, he was the start of a whole new world.

Category: People and the Human Spirit


Category Winner / The Barry Krikstone Best of Show Award / The People's Choice Award

“At a Crossroads” by Ilit Bavly
Nepal | April 2014

The little girl was playing with her sister all around the rice fields; narrow brown paths between the swamps of green were made into an obstacle course that she knew so well. For me, the crossroads in her path symbolize a challenge faced by many rural communities in Nepal. Nepali families have lived and breathed their land for centuries, but the younger generation is rushing out of the country in search of a better future. Which road will this girl take? Will she stay or leave her beloved playground behind?

wired “The Daily Commute” by Emily Burns
Chile | April 2014

This photo depicts José Luis Gomez Bastias, vineyard owner in the Maule region of Chile. His vineyard is separated from the town by the Rio Maule to the front and a mountain range to the back so in order to leave the vineyard to go to town or any roads he has to cross the river Maule. It was about 40 degrees and foggy that morning, and I took this photo when José was arriving to bring me and 12 other students across the river to visit the vineyard..

wired “Leis, Lava-lavas and Laughter” by Maria Rengucci
Samoa | Septemberl 2014

My Samoan home-stay sisters, Orita and Alice are sitting on a “fine mat” in their yard while making a lei from the Plumeria flowers picked from their plantation. We are preparing for the fiafia, a Samoan celebration, for the night to come. Alice is wearing a Samoan lava-lava which is a fabric worn by both men and women. The Samoan fine mat they are sitting on is woven out of leaves from the Pandanus plant. I did not understand the true meaning of happiness until I had to say goodbye to my home-stay family, who never failed to have a smile on their faces.

Category: Politics/Peace and Justice


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“Dia De Catalu Ña” by Charlie Merry
Spain | September 2014

El Dia de Cataluña is a day-long festival in Catalonia, the northeast region of Spain. This particular photo taken in Barcelona showcases thousands of proud Catalonians celebrating their heritage. Living in Barcelona, you notice that Spanish pride and nationalism comes in various forms. This Dia de Cataluña preceded an informal and illegal vote for independence, when 80% of those who voted backed independence.

wired “An Evening on the Danube” by Katherine McGuinness
Austria | November 2014

On the banks of the Danube River, the House of Parliament looms over the city of Budapest. The building was built for Hungary in the beginning of the 20th Century as the country’s sense of nationalism began to grow. It stands to symbolize the resilience of the Hungarians, who, despite the political turmoil of a failed monarchy and communism, can still stand proud like their house of government.

wired “March Toward Progression” by Darcy Andrade
Poland | May 2014

LGBTQ and equal rights supporters parade through the streets of Krakow into the main square as they do every spring during the “March of Tolerance.” Although 2014 marks the first year the parade’s name was changed to the “March of Equality,” the movement toward progression travels slow. Riot Police storm the city’s main square as a right-winged conservative parade crosses through the square in opposition of the demonstration.

Category: The Essence of Study Abroad


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“New Perspectives” by Allison Bergeron
Costa Rica | January 2015

At the Selvatura Park, students in the Tropical Ecology course from St. Michael's College venture across a suspension bridge carrying them out into the open, hundreds of feet above the ground. From the bridge, we could see the expanse of the beautiful and unique Cloud Forest from above the canopy. We were able to experience the world of this environment from a new vantage point, above rather than below, embracing the experience of taking on new perspectives in new locations around the world.

wired “Gondola Ride in Venice” by Abby Hyslip
France | November 2014

I took this photo while on a Gondola ride in Venice, Italy. Symbolically, it represents the whole study abroad experience--enjoying the ride and appreciating the unique beauty surrounded by you. Don't be afraid to try new experiences and just go with the flow!

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