Winner (Eden Long) - This picture was taken in Kaikoura, New Zealand. I was super fortunate to get a couple chances to go here during my time in Christchurch. My "Marine Biology & Ecology" course took a long field trip here where we got to see jellyfish, starfish, whales, everything. There are few places as rich in marine life or as beautiful, and Bryce Reif (another IU student) attempts to capture a bit of that on camera in this picture. The New Zealand fur seals that call Kaikoura 'home' enjoy the sun and views as much as we do, I think."
Runner-up (Bryce Reif)
Winner (Galen Wong) - "I took the picture during my CIEE Comparitive Public Health Systems program in London and Amsterdam. It was my first week in Amsterdam, and being close to the solstice, it didn't get dark outside until eleven, so after class, my classmates and I would walk around and explore different parts of the city. On one of these trips we took a break in the center of the city, right across from Centraal Station, to sit along one of the canals and chat as it started getting late. It was incredibly busy behind us, with cars, bikes, and tourists constantly passing by, but as the sun was setting I noticed how cozy the view was across the canal. The sun was setting and the water was still, and compared with the constant movement of the city center, the scene really stood out to me, so I decided to take a quick picture before we left to walk back to our dorms."
Runner-up (Megan Coppersmith)
Winner (Riley Petty) - "I took this photo in Bali, Indonesia when I was visiting the rice paddies. I was in awe of my surroundings when I saw this man walking toward me. He was barefoot and carrying a lot of weight on his shoulders, but he greeted me with the most genuine smile. We didn't speak the same language, and I knew our paths would probably never cross again, but in that moment we were both just humans communicating through smiles. So, I motioned and asked if I could take his picture, and he agreed with an enthusiastic nod. It was such a simple encounter, but it taught me the arrogance in pitying those that live differently than you, and I hope the photo captures that."
Runner-up (Blaire Viehweg) - "I took this photo in Galway City, Ireland. We took a bus trip to the Clifs of Moher and then on to Galway City. This was the last stop of our journey. It was such a long day and I was exhausted. When I saw this scene, I looked down the road and I saw so many people. It truly captured the "hustle and bustle" of the city. This was the moment we decided to walk through the crowd to find some lunch and I wanted to capture this composition with the flags, the buildings, and the people who had a place to be, just like me."
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