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Photo Contest

Have you ever felt a sense of connection with the world around you, or have you ever seen it? Connection is versatile. It is shown through everything, whether it be through family, a bridge, or even the wires connected to your computer. There are so many ways to view connection; you can witness how people connect in a culture you are unfamiliar with, you can feel connected to a culture you’ve always known, etc. Despite differences in cultures, languages, and beliefs…the world is connected in infinite ways. You have been connected to someone or something in every aspect of your life. So, what does connection look like to you?

The Spring 2021 International Photo Contest is a platform for current students to submit photos that they believe best represents a moment of “connection.” This contest is held each semester, and prize are awarded to the winners, which are voted on by a panel of judges. The top 10 entries are displayed in the International House Community Room for the duration of the semester, and the top three photographers receive a gift card. Photo submissions will follow the theme of “connection” through submission of a picture that depicts a moment of connection.

Entry Requirements

  1. Entrants must be a current student at the University of Tennessee.
  2. You can only submit one photo in total. The photo must relate to the theme, “Connection”. Photos can be taken in any country.
  3. Photo must be taken by student. (no professional photos accepted).
  4. Photo must be original work and student should have the authority to release photo for International House.
  5. Photo must be high quality—3200 x 4200.

The International House determines eligibility of entries and reserves the right to refuse submission.


All contestants are invited to a Photo Exhibition at the International House at which winners will be announced. The top 10 finalists’ photos will be on exhibit in the International House, and all entries will be on exhibit through an electronic screen.

The first place winner will win a $75 gift card. The second place winner will receive a $50 gift card, and the third place winner will receive a $25 gift card. All top 10 photos will receive a certificate.

Photo Exhibition: April 15th, 2021 at 4pm at the International House.

The submission period for this contest will begin on September 18th, 2020, and END AT 11:59 PM on April 1st, 2021. If you have any questions about your submission, please contact


Photo Contest Entry Form

Please complete the form below to submit your photo. Accepting photo submissions until April 1st, 2021.
  • Contestant Information

  • UTK E-Mail
  • Photo

  • If you're file is under 7.8MB, please upload the file directly.
  • If your photo file is over 7.8MB, please upload to your own file hosting site (Google Drive, OneDrive, DropBox, etc.) and add the link here. Be sure we can download the file from this link.
  • City, Country, etc.
  • Please note: If you are selected as a winner, this description will exist on display until the Fall semester Photo Contest.
  • Maximum of 5 words, will be displayed with photo
  • Your signature