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.

More information about the next International Eye Photo Contest will be posted at a later date.


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:

Deadline TBD  


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:

  • Every Picture Tells a Story (New for 2020!): Don’t just show us, tell us! We want to hear the story behind your photo. Top prize for this category will be awarded based on the strength of your caption / story (approximately 150-300 words).
  • 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. Sponsored and judged by the Office of International Programs staff.
  • A Window on Eurasia: Submit photos featuring an aspect of local life from Caucasia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. (Full list of countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.) Sponsored and judged by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program and Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

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, the Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

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

Annabelle Priestley

Curatorial Assistant, Princeton University Art Museum

Annabelle Priestley joined the Modern and Contemporary Art Department at the Princeton University Art Museum in 2018. She has an M.A in Contemporary and Modern Art and its Markets from Christie's Education in New York.  At the Princeton University Art Museum, she organized the exhibition Women Artists and Abstraction and completed preliminary research for several other exhibitions at the museum, including Joseph Albers: Formulation and Articulation; Time Capsule, 1970: Rauschenberg's Currents; and Color and Motion.