Duke University : Global Education for Undergraduates

GEOReflects Contest

Win up to $300!

Entries accepted through FEBRUARY 15


GEOReflects challenges students to examine their time away from Duke by bridging artistic expression and educational experience. Through photography and short written pieces, GEOReflects encourages students to use their study abroad/study away experience to develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and of themselves.


Any current Duke student who is participating or has participated in a program through the Global Education Office is eligible to participate.


Winners will be notified via email on March 1 and then publicly announced on the GEO Facebook page

  • Best in Category: Self-Awareness - $300
    Reflections of a personal nature
  • Best in Category: Cultural Perspective - $300
    Reflections on host culture and/or your own
  • Best in Category: Academic Experience - $300
    Reflections on academics and learning
  • People's Choice Award - $200
    Across all categories, the entry with the most Facebook likes as of 9:00 am EST on March 1.

Submission Requirements

  1. Entries accepted through February 15. Entries received after 11:59 pm EST on February 15 will not be judged.
  2. For an entry to be considered complete, it must include: a title, a high-resolution photograph, a 100-200 word written reflection, and a designated contest category.
  3. Each student may submit up to (6) entries total, with a limit of (2) entries per category.
  4. All photographs must have been taken during a program arranged through the Duke Global Education Office for Undergraduates.

  5. All photos and writing must be your own work. If you appear in the photo but you did not take the photo yourself, you are responsible for obtaining the photographer's permission to enter the photo in the contest.
  6. Photographs should be high-resolution originals. Low quality or blurry images downloaded from blogs and social media may be disqualified.
  7. File formats accepted include JPG, PNG, and GIF.


Judging of Best in Category awards will be an interdisciplinary effort. The Global Education Office will appoint two student judges from the Global Education Student Committee. Additional judges will be selected from campus partners such as the Directors of Academic Engagement for Global & Civic Opportunities, Duke Global, International House, etc. 

People's Choice Award

Voting for the People's Chioce Award will begin as soon as qualified entries are posted to the GEO Facebook - GEOReflects 2017 Contest Photo Album. Contestants will receive an email notification when entries are up.
It usually takes us 1-3 business days after the contest deadline for us to process the entries, evaluate any disqualified entries, and post everything to our Facebook album. 
People's Choice Voting closes on March 1 at 9:00 am EST.


All submissions will become property of Duke University and the Global Education Office for Undergraduates. Thus, photographs and written pieces are subject to any circulation and display, with full recognition, associated therein. If you enter the contest, you have granted this right.


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What makes a good entry?

The contest seeks work that creatively conveys your study away experience in relation to three categories:

  1. Self-Awareness
  2. Cultural Perspective
  3. Academic Experience 

Your photo and the accompanying written reflection are considered a package. Compelling entries use the strength of each medium and communicate a relationship between the photograph and your ideas, opinions, perceptions, or knowledge.

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