International Office’s Photo and Video Contest

2015-2016 Photo and video contest winners

The International Office is very happy to present the winners of 2016 photo and video contest

Photo contest winners
Video contest winners

First place

Lund University, Suede

Kimberley Smith, Lund University, Sweden

Watch her video

Second place

Australian National University, Australia

Yann Landry, Australian National University, Australia

Watch his video

Eligibility criteria


The International Office’s 2016 photography and video contest is aimed towards students who participated in a national or international exchange during the 2015-2016 academic year. The competition's objective is to promote our exchange destinations and to reward your creative talents.

  • All submissions must be sent to the International Office by email to before July 31st, 2016.
  • We must receive all completed forms and photos that are properly identified (1-2-3) in one E-mail. 
  • The subject of the email should be : Photo Contest (student number and name)


The contest has two categories: the photography category and the video category.

1. Photography  

  • You may submit up to three photographs (sent in the same email).
  • The photos must be accompanied by the contest form on which you will write a title, a brief statement of appproximately 50 words about your exchange and the picture you have submitted (for each photo).
  • We are looking for original photos that show off your student exchange and your qualities as an ambassador of the University of Ottawa.

Selection Criteria:

  • Quality of the photo;
  • Originality of the statement accompanying your photo;
  • The photo must have been taken in the country in which you have completed your exchange.

*** Please note that we will give extra points for submissions in which we clearly see a sign of the University of Ottawa ***

2. Video

This is your chance to share your experience with other students.

  • Your video must be between 1-3 minutes long;
  • Your video must discuss two of the following themes:
    • Cultural Differences: Is there an interesting cultural feature in your host country that you would like to highlight? Were you amazed by an event abroad or a cultural aspect?
    • Show us your host university’s campus: Let us visit the campus of your host institution. We want to see your classes, the landscape, and student life on campus.
  • Present what struck you the most during your exchange.

Selection criteria:

  • The video presents one of the three themes;
  • Originality;
  • Relevance.

*** Please note that we will give extra points for submissions in which we clearly see a sign of the University of Ottawa ***

Contest prizes

Only one prize will be awarded per student in each of the categories. If a student is granted two awards in the same category, they will only be awarded the most prestigious award.


For photo submissions:

  • First Prize: $400
  • Second Prize: $200
  • People's choice award: $200

For video submissions:

  • First Prize: $550
  • Second Prize: $350

Past winners

Photo contest winners

First place

Hot air balloon - Paris

If you know Paris, you know grey skies are common. The Parisians call it the "grisaille de Paris" That being said, beautiful sunsets like this one are not something you get to see every day. In October, I was lucky enough to have spent the most perfect afternoon picnicking at one of Paris's hidden gems, Parc André Citroën where the Ballon de Paris Generali flies only on the most beautiful of days. Following our picnic, my friends and I lined up for a ride in the hot air balloon and made it on for the second last flight of the day! We had the most breathtaking panoramic view of Paris during sunset. That day and that view will be engraved in my memory forever.

- Alicia Silvestri

Second place

Strike - Turkey

As a political science student, one of the things I wanted to learn about in Turkey was the Kurdish minority, historically oppressed and still fighting for greater political representation. What better way to do so than to attend the festivities of Newroz, the Kurdish New Year? For years, celebrating Newroz was illegal and has only recently been permitted. So while it's a traditional celebration, it’s also one steeped in political significance. And the atmosphere is infectiously exciting.

- Cameron Revington, Diyarbakır, Turkey

Voter's choice

Sunset in front of water - France

I chose to participate in my academic exchange in Rennes, France. Located in the French province of Brittany, the area is known for its unique French and Breton culture, but also its magnificent and rugged coastlines. This is a picture of one of the most western points of continental France at sunset, Pointe du Raz.

- Joshua Russell

Video contest winners

1st prize: Stéphanie Gascon

2nd prize: Sarah Ouimette

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