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International Photo Contest

Deadline for the Spring 2023 contest is 11:59 p.m., Friday, April 14, 2023.

Entries must be submitted via the online entry form. Access to the entry form will start March 20th, 2023.

Winners will receive scholarships in first, second and third placement prizes. Additional certificates will be awarded for honorable mention submissions.

  • First place prize: $500 scholarship.
  • Second place prize: $300 scholarship.
  • Third place prize: $150 scholarship.

The winning entries will be announced at a small reception on Tuesday, April 25th, and displayed at the Millennium Student Center from the end of April to the beginning of May. 


Entrants must have an official connection with UMSL through membership in one or more of the following categories: UMSL Student or UMSL Faculty/Staff. No entrant may submit photos in more than one category. Entries from faculty, staff, and individuals involved in competition planning or judging, and entries from professional photographers, are not eligible to win, place, or receive monetary prizes but may be recognized as a faculty of staff selection.


  • A maximum of ONE photograph per entrant may be entered.
  • Entries must be the ORIGINAL WORK of the entrant, and must be photographs taken outside the United States.
  • Digital photos must be at least 300 DPI or high enough resolution for print
  • Digital entries may not be altered or enhanced in any way.
  • Mobile phone entries must be high resolution


Entries must be submitted via the online entry form. If you are unable to access the form, please use the UMSL ITS Dropbox to send your entries to sarah.jimenez@umsl.edu. You may also stop by 362 SSB for assistance during normal business hours.

Winners may be contacted and asked for more information about the winning entries. Such additional background information might be incorporated into such things as contest displays and later publications. 

Click here to submit your entries via the online entry form.


Rights are retained by the artist.  By signing the entry form and submitting it, however, entrants are agreeing that they grant the University of Missouri-St. Louis and UMSL Global royalty-free use of submitted photographs in displays and in print and electronic publications. The artist will be fully credited in all such displays and publications.


Entries will be judged on the quality of the image, artistic expressiveness, and creativity. Judges also reserve the right to consider geographic and thematic variety, as well as relevance to the mission of International Studies and Programs, in selecting the winners. All decisions of the judges are final. The competition organizers reserve the right to disqualify entries which do not conform to the stated contest rules and criteria.


Questions: Email the contest coordinator.