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Photo Contest

Have you ever done something that made you feel apprehensive or nervous? Every growth is sparked by a moment of discomfort. If you’re traveling or even being a tourist in your hometown, you will experience at least one form of discomfort, whether that be traveling for the first time, experiencing new foods, or immersing yourself in a whole new culture… all of these moments of growth push you to fully immerse and connected to the area around you.

The Fall 2020 International Photo Contest is a platform for current students to submit photos they have taken that they believe best represents a moment of “seeking discomfort.” This contest is held each semester, and prizes 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 “seeking discomfort” through submission of a picture that depicts a moment where you sought discomfort in order to connect more deeply with the unique qualities of the culture around you.


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, “My Home”. 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: November 10th, 2020 at 4pm at the International House.

The submission period for this contest will begin on September 18th, 2020, and end on October 30th, 2020. 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 October 30th, 2020.
  • 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.
  • Maximum of 5 words, will be displayed with photo
  • Your signature