For the past twelve years, the Center for Global Initiatives has spearheaded a photo competition that has given us a glimpse into the experiences of students and faculty who spend more than a little time abroad. According to the folks at CGI, “Judges used four major criteria to select winners: how well the image demonstrated artistic merit, conveyed new knowledge, depicted the universal nature of the human condition, and explored issues that are under-represented in traditional media.”

In the fall of 2011, photographers submitted 560 images. The winners and other selections are currently on display at UNC’s Global FedEx Global Education Center throughout the 2012 spring semester.  CGI staffers selected thirteen images to incluce in its annual international calendar.

On the CGI website you can see more images and listen to photographers, including some whose work isn’t part of this slideshow, talk about their work.

In 2011, CGI teamed up with UNC’s Study Abroad program and UNC Global to coordinate the Twelfth Annual Carolina Global Photography Competition, which is always open to amateur photographers at Carolina, whether students, staff, faculty, or alumni.