Photo Contest

We want to see what your life is like, here at IU or back home. Enter the OIS photo contest, and you can win prizes and share your photos with people at IU and all over the world.

Who May Enter

Any current international student or scholar at IU Bloomington.


The contest is held in the fall semester. We will announce the deadline when we begin accepting submissions.

Photo Guidelines

You must take the photos. They can be from your home country, from your experience in the United States, or both.

You may enter one photo in each of three categories:

  • Back Home: images of your home country or of how you bring your country here
  • Landscapes or Architecture: environments and buildings abroad or in the United States
  • Student Life: images of your collegiate experience at IU and in Bloomington

You can enter up to three photos in total—one in each category. Or you can enter just one photo, or two in separate categories. If you submit more than three photos, we will accept only the first three.

Past Submissions

How to Enter

  1. Read the official rules below.
  2. Go to iStart and complete the entry form, which is under the International Office tab. The form requires you to agree that you have read and understand the official rules.
  3. Email your photos to the contest’s email address, which you will get after you submit the form.

By entering the contest, you give OIS permission to use your photos online, in print publications, at our office and events, and in other ways.

Judging and Prizes

OIS staff members will judge the photos. We will announce the winners at the IU World’s Fare.

We are still determining the prizes for this year’s contest. Please check back later!

Official Rules

Each photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the contest entrant. By entering the contest, the entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity, or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph. The photograph must not, at the discretion of the Office of International Services (OIS), contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.

Photographs that include sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art will be accepted as long as they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud. When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close-up of another person’s art; the entrant must submit the title and artist of the piece of art included in a photograph.

If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or that are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation.

If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of 18 and is not the child of the person submitting the photograph, the entrant submitting the photograph is responsible for obtaining proper permission and contact information from the parent or guardian of the child.

By entering the contest, all entrants grant an irrevocable perpetual, nonexclusive license to OIS, to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit), in any media now or hereafter known, including, but not limited to: display at a potential exhibition of winners, publication in a magazine featuring select entries in the contest, and publication online on the OIS website highlighting entries or winners of the contest. Entrants consent to OIS doing or omitting to do any act that would otherwise infringe the entrant’s “moral rights” in their entries. Display or publication of any entry on OIS’s website does not indicate the entrant will be selected as a winner. OIS will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use. Additionally, by entering, each entrant grants to OIS the unrestricted right to use all statements made in connection with the contest, and pictures or likenesses of contest entrants, or choose not to do so, at their sole discretion. OIS will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.

By entering this contest, all entrants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless OIS and its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this contest or any contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder. OIS assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. OIS is not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants’ or any other persons’ computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading, or downloading of any materials related to in this contest.

Entrants may receive a copy of these rules upon request to OIS.