BestSemester Announces 2014 Photo Contest

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2013 Photo Contest Winner
2013 Best Overall Winner, "Making a Living" by Christopher Lund, Bethel University (MN), Middle East Studies Program, Fall 2011 

Back by popular demand, BestSemester is excited to announce the 2014 BestSemester Photo Contest will begin on August 1.  One special feature of this years contest is the ability to submit and share your photos via Facebook. We invite all program alumni who participated between fall 2010 and spring 2014 to submit photos reflective of their BestSemester experience. Each individual may submit up to five photos in each category for a total of 15 photos.

This year’s contest categories are:


  • Explore – Pictures of famous sites, adventure, exploration, travel, and discovery.

  • Live Pictures of homestays, local people, communities, cultural immersion, and service projects.

  • LearnPictures of guest speakers, internships, moments of growth, change, quiet reflection, and eye-opening experiences.

Please direct any questions about the 2014 BestSemester Photo Contest to [email protected].


ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: $300 Visa prepaid gift card and winning photograph will be published on and in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Advance Magazine.
THREE (3) FIRST PRIZE CATEGORY WINNERS: $100 Visa prepaid gift card


The 2014 BestSemester Photo Contest will open for entries at 12:00AM EST AUGUST 1, 2014.  Submissions will be accepted until 11:59PM EST on AUGUST 21, 2014.  The contest will remain open for voting until 11:50PM EST on AUGUST 31, 2014.



The contest is open only to individuals who have participated in a BestSemester program (American Studies Program, Australia Studies Centre, China Studies Program, Contemporary Music Center, India Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program, Los Angeles Film Studies Center, Middle East Studies Program, Oxford Summer Programme, Scholars’ Semester in Oxford, Uganda Studies Program, Washington Journalism Center) between fall 2010 semester through spring 2014 semester.  All BestSemester alumni from the stated period of participation—except for individuals affiliated with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) and/or BestSemester programs, including employees, emeriti, interns, volunteers, fellows, research associates and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses) and others living in their households—are eligible. BestSemester will determine winners’ eligibility.



Beginning August 1 you may enter online at, or through our Facebook page at Entry is free but contestants are limited to five (5) entries per category.  To enter, simply complete the short entry form with the required information, designate which category you are entering into, provide a brief description of the photo, and submit along with your photograph in accordance with the instructions that follow.

Please keep the following categories in mind when selecting photos to submit: (1) Explore, (2) Live, and (3) Learn. There is a limit of five (5) entries per person per category. Each entry must comply with the following requirements:

Photographs must be in digital format. Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into this Contest. All digital files must be 4 megabytes or smaller, must be in PNG, GIF, JPEG or JPG format, and must be able to be printed clearly in an 8”x10” at 300dpi.  Entries may be in black and white, although color is preferred. 

All entries must be the original property of the person submitting the photo.  Photographs must have been taken during the contestant’s term of participation in a BestSemester program, may be no older than four years from date of entry, and may not previously have won an award in a BestSemester Photo Contest. Entries may not be submitted to other contests or purposes that would restrict permission of BestSemester/the CCCU to use your photo.

By entering, the contestant authorizes BestSemester and/or the CCCU to use the image in electronic and/or print publications.  To the extent that it is feasible, you should secure the permission of people included in your photo(s) to use their image for this contest (and possible use in BestSemester and/or CCCU publications).

Entries will be judged by viewer votes on our website and Facebook, so encourage your friends to log in and vote.  Winners will be announced in September 2014.  Please note that you may only qualify to win ONE prize category.   In the event of a tie, BestSemester staff will select the winning photo.