Around the World with BU

More than 700 photos, 70 countries, 21 states, and a new category

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BU alumni, faculty, staff, and students submitted more than 700 photos in Global Programs’ seventh annual photo contest
April 17, 2019
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More than 700 photos depicting scenes from around the world vied for the top prize in BU’s Global Programs seventh annual photo contest. The two winning shots were taken by students in locations far and near—one was atop an Indonesian mountain, the other a snowy Brookline street. And also, both were taken with an iPhone.

The contest was open to all BU students, faculty, staff, and alumni and showcased the adventures of Terriers across 70 countries and 21 US states. All of BU’s schools and colleges were represented in the mix.

“Every year the photo contest shows us—in striking and beautiful ways—how many BU students, faculty, staff, and alumni actively pursue global opportunities,” says Willis Wang, vice president and associate provost for global programs. “We were impressed not only by the range of activities and locations represented, but also by the immersive experiences of our community.”

The contest rules changed slightly this year, with submissions being divided into two categories. The first called for photos depicting global experiences. The second, designated “I Am Global BU,” required that the photo have an individual wearing BU gear anywhere on the planet.

The global experience winner was senior Kelly Lawler (CGS, Sargent), who took her photo during a spring break trip to Bali, Indonesia, during a BU study abroad semester in Sydney. Lawler and her friends “woke up at 2 am to begin our journey to hike to the top of Mount Batur, which took about four hours,” she says. “We got to the top right in time for sunrise. As the sun rose, so did the monkeys. This is the photo I captured as we admired the scenery.”

The nine runners-up in this category photographed images as disparate as the streets of Dublin, California’s Death Valley, and the Sahara Desert.

The “I Am Global BU” winner, grad student Jane Zitomer (COM), photographed her roommate braving a snowstorm with help from a red BU umbrella. The two wandered the neighborhood, bundled up, as most people stayed indoors. “It was eerily calm and quiet,” Zitomer recalls. “Boston might be more livable in the spring, summer, and fall, but I find it beautiful all year round.”

Grad student Jane Zitomer's (COM) entry - a person carrying a red umbrella in a white snowstorm

Grad student Jane Zitomer (COM), Brookline, Massachusetts

Six runners-up were named in the “I Am Global BU” contest, doing things like peering into the Grand Canyon, snowboarding down a sand dune, and hiking through Iceland, all while sporting a BU hat, T-shirt, sign, or backpack.

The winners were chosen by 17 judges, including Peter Smith (COM’80), a College of Communication senior lecturer in photojournalism, and Billie Weiss (COM’16), the Red Sox manager of photography. The top winners each received a GoPro Hero 7 Action camera package worth more than $400.

Global experiences


someone standing on a mountain path carrying a large pack with white mountains in the background

Elizabeth Hatch, School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, Annapurna Range, Nepal

oxen piled with supplies, crossing a shallow river with mountains in the background

Junior Hailey Hart-Thompson (CAS, COM), Gorak Shep, Nepal

silhouette of two people and a camel on a sand dune with the sun about to rise, the moon is in a heart shape

Junior Ximena Aragon (CAS), Sahara Desert

a motorbike sits next to a log, with a large bird sitting on it; green, tree-covered hills are in the background

Sophomore Mufeng Zhou (COM), Xinjiang, China

a kid in a red outfit sits on a log fence, with log houses in the background

Grad student Wendy Zhang (SPH), Xinjiang, China

a street that ends with a large red building that says Wall of Fame Dublin

Senior Daniela Valles (CGS, CAS), Dublin, Ireland

a person wall jumps on a silver tiled wall

Senior Michael Rizal (CAS, Questrom), Los Angeles, California

a cliff by the sea, in black and white, with people standing along the edge sightseeing

Junior Maisie Mansfield-Greenwald (CAS, COM), Iceland

sun rays cast across a panorama of mountains; a person stands on the edge

Grad student Sijia Li (LAW), Death Valley, California

“I Am Global” BU


students walk towards a transportation hub, carrying red BU bags

Freshman Yiwen Wong (COM), Barbados

a student wearing a terrier backpack sitting on a rock looking out over canyons

Sophomore John Loftus (ENG), Grand Canyon, Arizona

people sitting on a boat with a city in the distance; one person is holding a Boston University sign

Junior Brian He (ENG), Chao Phraya River, Bangkok

a student wearing a Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies t shirt using traditional asian printmaking tools

Junior Rebecca Gelman (CAS), Anhui, China

two students, wearing warm clothing and Boston hats, stand next to a pile of rocks with hiking gear and a sign that has dates and distances on it

Senior Annacaroline Caruso (COM), Sólheimajökul, Iceland

A student wearing a Boston University hat boards down a sand dune with three others watching from the top

Junior Matthew Averill (ENG), Stockton Sand Dunes, Australia

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