Ed Abroad Photo Contest

Twice each year, AMIDEAST Education Abroad holds Photo Contests open to current AMIDEAST Students and AMIDEAST alumni from college-level programs. We're excited to receive your submissions!


1. All contestants must be current or previous students on a college-level AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in the Arab World.

2. All contestants must "Like" the AMIDEAST Facebook page: Study Abroad in the Arab World.


1. Photo submissions must be images taken during the time of the contestant's AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program and within the host country (i.e. a picture from a spring break trip to Turkey will not be accepted).

2. Each contestant may submit up to three photos.

3. Photos should represent meaningful and unique moments that occurred during the contestant's education abroad experience with AMIDEAST.

4. Photos should fall into one of the following categories:

Adventure: Photos could show AMIDEAST students on program excursions throughout the host country or visits to notable sites in the AMIDEAST host city. Adventure photos demonstrate the off-the-beaten-path aspect of education abroad in the Arab world. These photos do not necessarily have to include students, but can instead focus on a work of art, architecture, ruin, or other striking aspect of the host country.

Culture: Photos should show AMIDEAST students interacting with their local community, host families, or new friends from the host country. Alternatively, culture photos could show traditions, rituals, rites, food, or cultural activities unique to the host culture.

Challenge: These photos show AMIDEAST students in unfamiliar environments or situations such as learning and using the Arabic language, bargaining for goods, navigating a city, or rolling the perfect couscous balls.

Winning Photos

1. AMIDEAST staff in Washington D.C. will select a group of semi-finalists from the submitted photos. The semi-finalist photos will be posted on the AMIDEAST Facebook page (Study Abroad in the Arab World) for two weeks. The photo which receives the most 'LIkes' will be selected as the AMIDEAST Photo Contest Winner.

2. The first place photo will be:

  • awarded an Amazon gift card for $75
  • featured on the AMIDEAST Study Abroad in the Arab World Facebook Page
  • framed and hung in the AMIDEAST Washington D.C. Office
  • featured in the upcoming AMIDEAST catalog

3. The second place photo will be awarded an Amazon gift card for $25



Deadline for SubmissionJanuary 22, 2017
VotingJanuary 23 - February 5, 2017
Winner AnnouncedFebruary 6, 2017


Entry Details

1. This contest is open to current or previous AMIDEAST Education Abroad students who participated in a college-level program.

2. Each photo submission must be high resolution (minimum 600KB)

3. Each student or alum can enter only three photos per contest.

4. Photos must be submitted as an attachment via e-mail to DocsEdAbroad@amideast.org 

5. The title of each submitted photo should be in the following format: Last name_First name_Location of Photo_Year of Photo_Number of Submission (ex. Doe_John_Jordan_2012_1)

6. Before submitting your photos, please electronically complete the AMIDEAST Education Abroad Release Agreement by clicking HERE. Note that AMIDEAST can only consider submissions from those who complete the Release Agreement. 


7. In your submission e-mail, please indicate: 

  • your name and home institution,
  • the location, term, and year of your AMIDEAST program,
  • the title of each photo and a brief description or caption, and
  • if you completed the Release Agreement.


Please contact edabroad@amideast.org for any questions about the photo contest.