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. The deadline for submission is November 30, 2015.

Photo Guidelines

Tell your Hoosier story and show the world how great life can be at Indiana University. You must take the photos. They can be from your home country, the United States, or both.

You may enter photos in three categories: Back Home, Iconic IU, or Student Life.

How to Enter

You can submit one photo in each category per day. To submit photos, click on the category below to complete the form and upload your photo. Be sure to use your IU email address on the form because that is how we'll verify you are a current IU student or scholar.

Past Submissions

Judging and Prizes

A committee of OIS staff will serve as judges. There will also be a People's Choice Award for the photo that receive the most votes, so be sure to share with your friends and family!

Winners will be announced and prizes will be available before winter break. 

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.