Global Eyes 2018

Category: City Life

Berlin Blocks

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"Berlin Blocks" by Marika Belamarich
Germany | June 2017

After leaving the hustle and bustle of the famous Mauerpark flea market, I turned down a quiet street. This column of apartments provided a popping grid of color among its neighbors. The calm order of this side street was a break from the hectic heart of Berlin. Looking up I wished I were standing on one of the balconies as relaxed as the woman gazing from her flower-filled perch.

Busy Love

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"Busy Love" by Julia Colasanti
Czech Republic | February 2017

That's the kind of love I want – the kind that makes me late for the morning tram. I want the busy kind of love where we must make our moments whenever we can. I comb your hair back before you run to work, you stay up late with me when I have writers block, we kiss in the line for food stamps and ignore the dirty looks because we have something they don't. We are too busy to be together, too in love to be apart, propelling toward our own, separate goals and somehow making it work. We think of ourselves in terms of "I" but those few minutes we wait for the tram...all I think is "we."

Monkey Tour Guide

"Monkey Tour Guide" by Kaitlyn Roukey
Nepal | May 2017

The hill is high, but spirits are higher at Swayambhunath Stupa. After spinning hundreds of prayer wheels at the base of the hill, city folk continue their Buddhist rituals while overlooking the entire Kathmandu Valley. The panoramic view of Kathmandu is one that is truly mesmerizing. Located on the northwest side of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath has earned itself the nickname, “Monkey Temple” because of, well, the abundance of monkeys! These small primates are ubiquitously running around the Stupa and wreaking havoc like none other; they are even so gutsy as to take a popsicle right out of your hand (if you offer, of course)! As the heavy haze set over the city on May 20, 2017, our hairy tour guide harmlessly welcomed us to his temple.

Category: Creative/Artistic

City Splash

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"City Splash" by Marika Belamarich
Denmark | June 2017

Aspects of art can be seen throughout Copenhagen, whether it is in their beautiful architecture, sleek design, or pop-up art installations. On a walk back from class one day my friends and I passed by this paint-splattered fun house mirror. The paint happened to match the exact colors of a cab passing by, creating this shot. Little plazas all over the city are constantly decorated with pop-up art installations that provide new and wonderful ways to brighten the day.

Lonely Lizard Looking for Love

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"Lonely Lizard Looking for Love" by Mindee Goodrum
Ecuador | May 2017

For my program’s Independent Study Project requirement, I chose to study frogs in a cloud forest reserve, which meant that I spent five nights a week (yes, nights) in the forest with my host brother/park guide Jordy searching for frogs by the light of our headlamps. Unsurprisingly, we often found other nocturnal creatures during our search. Not counting various insects and spiders, sleeping lizards were one of the most common things we came across. When we spotted this lizard one night, Jordy and I were inspired by the heart-shape of the leaf and the perfect positioning of the lizard to get a little creative with the picture. While he switched his headlamp from white to red and stood behind the leaf, I turned my headlamp off and snapped a picture. The result: a perfectly poised lizard thrown into silhouette on a leaf that appears even more heart-like, bright against the dark cover of night.

Beach Day

"Beach Day" by Julia Morrison
Italy | April 2017

This photo was taken right off the Amalfi Coast in Italy. There was a tiny beach crammed in just at the bottom of a steep cliff. This beach housed rows of changing booths in perfect symmetry.

Category: Culture Most Distinct from SMC

The Meditative Miles of a Yogi

Category Winner / The Barry Krikstone Best of Show Award

"The Meditative Miles of a Yogi" by Addie Drinkwater
Nepal | January 2018

This 87 year old man has practiced asceticism for a lifetime. The combination of meditation and renunciation of the material world has enabled him to have 100% control over his mind and body. He has no home, no family, and no attachment towards possessions. It’s hard to image our lives without these comforts. To enter the full lotus position at such an elderly age is an accomplishment only few ever achieve. Looking into this man’s wholehearted gaze, it’s powerful to see the meditative miles he has put on throughout his years. A life of purpose, struggle, and fulfillment – the essence of a true yogi.

Birthplace of the Buddha

"Birthplace of the Buddha" by Summer Colley
Nepal | February 2017

Five monks meditating at the birthplace of the Buddha under a ceiling of prayer flags is something you can only see in Nepal. They were just one out of many groups there. Hundreds of thousands of people travel to this site every year, hoping to find a peaceful moment like this.

Coat of Arms

"Coat of Arms" by Mikayla Hoppe
Czech Republic | May 2017

While in Prague, we traveled to the Kutná Hora region to visit a few sites, including silver mines, some churches, and the most unique location, the Church of Bones. The Bone Church is exactly what it sounds like. The outside looks like a normal enough church, but when you step inside and get down the initial staircase, there’s an immediate difference. The entire chapel is decorated with bones. There are small pyramids of stacked skulls, a huge chandelier made of bones dominating the central atrium, and of course, this coat of arms, all made from 40,000 skeletal remains.

Category: Landscape

A Colorful World

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"A colorful world at 17,000 feet" by William Durkin
Peru | March 2017

The Rainbow Mountains of Peru are a spectacle of modern geology… needless to say, they rock. Tectonic driven uplift has pushed sandstone sedimentary layers on their side, exposing stripped intervals of minerals to the open elements. The deep red you see in the landscape comes from oxidized iron sediment, similar to how a nail would rust when exposed to oxygen and water. The limonite in sandstones, when oxidized, gives us the grayish coloration that you see. Mixtures of other oxidized elements in the sediment can give colors of blue-green and bright yellow. Sitting at 17,000 feet, the biogeochemical interactions of the Rainbow Mountains create for a magnificent landscape.

Illuminated City in the Darkness

"Illuminated City in the Darkness" by Fiona Giguere
South Africa | March 2017

The city lights of Cape Town, South Africa, illuminate the clouds that had been looming over it all day. The only thing that escapes the gleam of the busy city lights is Table Mountain shrouded in shadows in stark contrast with the flaming city below it.

Moonrise at Kopan Monastery

"Moonrise at Kopan Monastery" by Addie Drinkwater
Nepal | December 2017

Buddhism has changed the entire Asian continent, but has yet to reach the rest of the world. This Tibetan Monastery is a place accepting of foreigners exploring spirituality, meditation, and the Buddhist dharma. In 2015, Nepal was hit by a major earthquake and much of the rich history was lost in the devastation. The temple seen in this photo is an elaborate place of devotion for monks and travelers at Kopan. Although its beauty remains closely unblemished on the outside, it will take decades to restore and reopen to what it once was – much like the rest of Nepal. Despite the destruction, spirituality will never be lost.

Category: Nature

A Swim with Nemo

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"A Swim with Nemo" by Rachel Martel
Australia | March 2017

This photo was captured while snorkeling at Lizard Island Research Station in the Northern Great Barrier Reef – an area that has been repeatedly affected by coral bleaching. Coral reefs are an important component of aquatic ecosystems. They are high in biodiversity and complexity, and provide a variety of resources to aquatic communities. Today, coral reefs worldwide are severely threatened by warming ocean temperatures and subsequent coral bleaching which ultimately results in coral death. While most of the coral I saw were dead, the reefs were persisting and there were still signs of life. These clownfish were spotted in the anemone which was nestled carefully amongst the surrounding dead substrate. As I swam down to take their picture, they greeted me with curious eyes. Despite the odds, many organisms -including these clownfish - seemed to be thriving. While this moment brought me complete joy, I found myself simultaneously mourning the loss of the many species that are no longer here.

Caught Smiling

"Caught Smiling" by William Durkin
Peru | March 2017

We lived in the Peruvian Amazon for about a month at Villa Carmen Biological Station outside the small jungle town of Pilcopata. While taking a walk one night to catch frogs with the resident PhD student, Mike, who was studying Amphibian Physiology, we heard some rustling in a stream below us. We pointed our headlamps at the running water and the caiman’s eyes reflected back at us. Next thing we know, Mike jumped down towards the stream, paused with his hand in the air above the reptile, and then… Splash! He came up to the trail holding the young black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) you see here. Caimans are essentially the alligators of the Central and South America, stemming from the same evolutionary family millions of years ago. Mike told us that caimans are not that aggressive when they are young, but you tell me if you would put your hand near those pearly whites.

See You Later Mom

"See You Later, Mom!" by Fiona Giguere
South Africa | March 2017

A baby elephant runs away from his mother as she tries to grab onto his tail before he can get too far. She soon catches up with him and foils his escape. She then held tight onto his tail and would not let go for the next ten minutes. When she finally let go he took off again immediately.

Category: People and the Human Spirit

Holding Hands

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"Holding Hands" by Corinne Duffy
Mongolia | May 2017

As the Mongolian people gathered around during the traditional Nadaam Festival in their deels, I found myself drawn to this particular couple. I think there is something so distinct and intimate about holding hands, it’s as if that small gesture of human interaction says so much. I had been trying to photograph the couple themselves, but I was so drawn to their hands, I decided to capture this particular moment with a focus on just their hands and that intimate human interaction.


"Either/Or" by Ben Cohen
Denmark | February 2017

It was late on a misty Danish morning that my friends and I found ourselves wandering through the Assistens Kirkegård, one of Copenhagen’s largest and most beautiful cemetery parks. The cemetery is renowned for its beauty, with footpaths winding through gardens and the headstones of illustrious Danes. As we came upon this path, with people cycling back and forth, I thought about time and the work of Søren Kierkegaard, whose remains lie in the same cemetery. “Life,” he wrote, “can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” In composing the photo, I tried to capture some of the essence of his work, which is deeply ingrained with Danish culture – themes of beauty, life and death, boundaries, and the path of life. I borrowed the title of one of his first published book for the photo.

Saying Goodbye

"Saying Goodbye" by Marissa Kelemen

I stayed at an Islamic boarding school in Yogyakarta for a week. I learned about what the students study, do for fun, and their goals. I took this photo as I was leaving the school. They had to get back to class.

Category: Society, Politics, Environment

Straw Forest

Category Winner / The People's Choice Award

"Straw Forest" by Meghan Feenan
Costa Rica | December 2017

Welcome to the Straw Forest of Costa Rica. We’d like you to take a moment to think about the number of straws you’ve used in your life. Think of your juice box straws, soda straws, coffee stirrers, etc. You name it and it's most likely in the ocean, washed up on our beach and in our diverse forest. This 125-straw forest took only 1 hour to grow and develop after our group of volunteers found each individual straw imbedded into coral, half buried in the sand, or laying adjacent or entangled in the roots of the endangered mangroves of the area. This rapidly growing and invasive “species” is overpopulating our beaches.
All jokes aside, single-use plastic consumption is a world-wide problem, and its effects are visible in all parts of Costa Rica. When we as individuals use non-reusable plastic straw we are essentially adding another straw to this forest. Ocean currents bring bits of plastic like these straws to Costa Rican shores every day causing major environmental problems both on shore and in the oceans. The Straw Forest is becoming over-populated. What can you do to help stop the spread of this invasive species?

Watchful Blood Red Eyes

"Watchful, Blood Red Eyes" by Aaron Kalat
China | May 2017

Mao’s China’s eyes are always trained on you in Beijing. The Chairman’s gaze radiates outward over Tiananmen from the Forbidden City’s south gate. From above, visitors are carefully, silently observed by thousands of CCTV cameras, making Beijing feel incredibly safe. Had these cameras watched over the great public square 29 years ago, they would have witnessed hundreds of students die at the hand of tyranny and oppression of thought. But they weren’t there. And now only omniscient lenses stand in memorial, preserving perceived safety and freedom, or perhaps, a lack thereof.

The Wide Reach of Capitalism

"The Wide Reach of Capitalism" by Fiona Giguere
South Africa | March 2017

A young boy walks on the hot pavement without shoes in a township just outside of Cape Town. The township is occupied by poverty stricken, non-white families, in the aftermath of the apartheid. Access to water during the drought is becoming more difficult. Yet even in this community that struggles with their basic needs there is a well maintained Coca-Cola mural, which brings to question what we as a society value as important.

Category: The Essence of Study Abroad

Yukata Girls

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"Yukata Girls" by Valeria Matías Troche
Japan | July 2017

Looking back at this picture, I remember the peace of Gion. Being up in the temple with friends and looking over Kyoto from the top of the mountain. I felt like I was being transported, being in a place that had thousands of years of culture and traditions, while wearing a traditional yukata and walking with wooden shoes through the greenery. I remember the silence away from the city noise. The gentle sounds the wooden shoes would make on the stones. The gentle breeze and the clean air. The soft trickling water used to wash your hands before entering the temple, and the peace of mind it brought as it purified you. This day was a peaceful day, away from the stresses of being a study abroad student. It really made us feel like we were inside the culture in a deeper and more intimate level.

Out for a Walk

"Out for a Walk" by Abigail Pelon
Uganda | February 2017

Just as people take their dogs for walks, these children were taking their goats for a ‘walk.’ The countless fitness tests I’d done to prepare for my collegiate soccer season didn’t prepare me for the sprints with these children and their goats. With the pace of the legendary olympic marathon runner from Kapchorwa, the altitude, and the terrain I had no chance.

You Have to Dance

"You Have to Dance" by Jason Drapinski
Argentina | May 2017

After years of living under a repressive dictator’s regime, being able to express freely is important to Argentine culture. A popular method of expressing one’s opinions about social and political life is street art. A blank wall in Buenos Aires is hard to come by, as almost every surface has been used as a mirror to expose different contemporary sociopolitical issues, like problems surrounding drugs, the digital age, politics, and sustainability. The different murals of Buenos Aires represent years of struggle during the dictatorship, to the panic of the 2001 economic crisis in Argentina, all the way up to the dramatics of the Kirchner administration. Throughout all of these different times, Argentine culture has remained vibrant. On this wall, Buenos Aires street artist, Ale Giorgga reminds Argentines that throughout the madness of life, “hay que bailar” (you must dance).

Category: Best Written Caption

Rooftop of the World

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"Rooftop of the World" by Genevieve Gigandet
Tibet | June 2017

Locally known as Qomolangma, Mount Everest’s Tibetan name affectionately translates to “Mother Goddess.” When people trek to see a mountain, they will be disappointed if that mountain is shrouded in clouds. I was once one of those people asking foolishly, “Where is the mountain?” But Qomolangma, like a deity, need not be seen to be felt. She taught me this lesson, the mountain. I sensed her noble presence long before she revealed her face to me. Many could look at a misty sunrise over the Himalayas and see nothing but the clouds. But mountains persist, regardless of their surrounding conditions. Why can’t we be content to experience a mountain’s existence? We often cling desperately to that which we think will bring happiness, when in fact that grasping is the very thing barring us from peace. At the moment of release from expectations, space opens up to welcome the unpredictable joys of life. Qomolangma taught me to cherish her clouds, for even when I cannot see her, I trust that she endures.

Children on the Move

"Children on the Move" by Abigail Pelon
Uganda | April 2017

It’s not the strongest that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change. A Child is a child. They don’t get to choose where they are born.
Nearly 50 million children worldwide have been uprooted and forced to flee from their homes. This photo was taken in Bidi Refugee Settlement. The largest Refugee Settlement in the world with an estimated population of 270,000 refugees primarily fleeing conflicts in South Sudan. I watched children patiently wait under World Food Programme semi-trucks hoping that a sack of legumes would break open so that they could scramble to pick up the fallen legumes until a worker would scold them. All to increase their food ration.


"Either/Or" by Ben Cohen
Denmark | February 2017

It was late on a misty Danish morning that my friends and I found ourselves wandering through the Assistens Kirkegård, one of Copenhagen’s largest and most beautiful cemetery parks. The cemetery is renowned for its beauty, with footpaths winding through gardens and the headstones of illustrious Danes. As we came upon this path, with people cycling back and forth, I thought about time and the work of Søren Kierkegaard, whose remains lie in the same cemetery. “Life,” he wrote, “can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” In composing the photo, I tried to capture some of the essence of his work, which is deeply ingrained with Danish culture – themes of beauty, life and death, boundaries, and the path of life. I borrowed the title of one of his first published book for the photo.

Through a Tourists Eyes

"Through a Tourist's Eyes" by Katherine Martin
South Africa | November 2017

Cape Town’s landscape is as diverse as the people and culture that inhabit it. Quickly written off as beautiful, a tourist is likely to trivialize the depths and truths the mountains and city hold. Unseen at the top of the mountain are the numerous townships housing Cape Town’s local population. Unbeknownst to a foreigner is the fact that the city providing a picturesque backdrop is in the hands of white power, and likely has more foreigners than locals enjoying its benefits. The beachfront pictured is Camps Bay, home to Cape Town’s best surfers and just a quick block away from the most popular bar scene. Not pictured are the beachfronts in Muizenberg or Kalk Bay, largely populated by black children looking for money or food. This picture represents a tourist’s lens. If I had turned around, I would have seen large barren areas, marking an overwhelming number of townships. Past those townships I would have seen Robben Island, a standing memory of Nelson Mandela and the Apartheid Era. This picture I once found to encompass Cape Town’s beauty I now find superficial and inadequate in illustrating the heart of Cape Town.

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