International Office’s Photo and Video Contest

2016-2017 Photo and video contest winner

The International Office is very happy to present the winners of the 2016-17 photo and video contest

Photo contest winners
Video contest winners

Eligibility criteria

The International Office’s 2017 photography and video contest is aimed towards students who participated in a national or international exchange during the 2017-2018 academic year. The competition's objective is to promote our exchange destinations and to reward your creative talents.

InformationAll submissions must be sent through the online form before July 31st, 2018.

All submissions must be sent through the online form before July 31st, 2018.


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


  • You may submit up to three photographs along with this form.
  • Each photo must be accompanied by a title and a brief statement of about 50 words about your exchange and the significance of the picture.
  • 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:

  • Photo quality
  • Originality of the statement accompanying your photo;
  • The photo must have been taken in the country in which you have completed your exchange.
Extra points
InformationPlease note that we will give extra points for submissions that clearly display the University of Ottawa logo.

Submit your photos


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

  • All submissions must be uploaded to Youtube or other video sharing site. 
  • Video must be maximum 2 minutes.
  • Video must focus on the following themes:
    • What was most striking for you during your exchange?
      • Cultural differences: Has your stay outside Ontario marked you as a result of cultural particularity of your host country? Are you impressed or destabilized by an event lived abroad or custom of the host country?
      • Present your campus: Let us visit the campus of your host institution! We want to see the classes, landscape and student life on campus!
      • Present what struck you the most during your exchange.

Selection criteria:

  • Presence of the themes mentioned above
  • Originality
Extra points
InformationPlease note that we will give extra points for submissions that clearly display the University of Ottawa logo.

Submit your video 

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
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

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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