International Eye Photo Contest


Woman walking by a house in Kenya

The International Eye Photo Contest takes you beyond the average tourist perspective. It celebrates and encourages the creative eye of Princeton undergraduates as they capture the day-to-day realities and beauty of other countries. 

The contest is a great opportunity for undergraduate students to submit photos that tell a story about their time abroad and share their experience with fellow returnees and the greater campus community.

View the 2024 International Eye Photo Contest winners


All Princeton undergraduates who have studied, worked, volunteered, or done research abroad in the past year (whether summer or semester) are eligible and may submit a total of four (4) photos.

Submitting Photos:

The 2024 International Eye Photo Contest is now closed! Details for the next photo contest will be announced at a later date. 


Eldery woman standing with Indian mountains in the background

Photo Categories: 

  • Abstraction: No rules. Submit photos that capture your study abroad experience in a creative and abstract way.
  • Architecture/Cityscape: Share photos that depict any aspect of city life from your time abroad – from street vendors to skylines.
  • Landscape/Nature: The world is a beautiful place. Submit photos of plants, animals, landscapes, or any other natural wonders from your international experience.
  • People: Interacting with new people is one of the most rewarding things about being abroad. Submitted photos can be portraits or candid shots of local people in your host country.

Special Categories:

  • PIIRS Global Seminar: Share photos that highlight your PIIRS global seminar experience. Sponsored and judged by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.
  • Tigers Abroad: Share your favorite photos of you or your classmates that capture the essence of your #PrincetonAbroad experience (bonus points for wearing Princeton gear!) Photos must include a Princeton student(s) to be considered. Sponsored and judged by the Office of International Programs.
  • Food Focus (New for 2024!): From iconic dishes to local favorites and hidden gems, take us on a culinary journey around the world and share photos celebrating the art of food. Judged by Nadeem Siddiqui, assistant vice president, Campus Dining. 

Prizes & Awards

A boat in the ocean with a rainbow in the background


  • Best in Show
  • Best in Category
  • Honorable Mention (multiple awards)

Photos will be judged based on artistic expression, creativity and originality, quality of image, and international content.

The prize winners, as well as a wider selection of photo submissions, will be exhibited on campus and on the OIP and PIIRS websites, and may also be used--with appropriate attribution and permission--in the published materials of Princeton's offices and programs/departments that sponsor international activities.


The International Eye Photo Contest is sponsored by the Office of International Programs in collaboration with Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

Awards Reception and Exhibition: 

Winners will be announced at a reception in late-March and the exhibition will be on display in the Louis A. Simpson International Building through the end of the year.


Woman walking down stairs with a mural in China

About the Judge

Jill Dolan

Dean of the College. Annan Professor in English. Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts.

Jill Dolan is the Dean of the College at Princeton University, where she also serves as the Annan Professor in English and Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts. Dean Dolan is the senior officer responsible for the undergraduate curriculum, residential college system, and other services and resources designed to promote the intellectual development of undergraduates. She also oversees the admission and financial aid offices.

Dean Dolan holds a PhD in performance studies from New York University. Her research and teaching expertise focuses on contemporary American feminist and queer theatre and performance.