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There are 4 comments on Global Programs Photo Contest Showcases BU’s Worldwide Adventures and Experiences

  1. Apparently, there have been some concerns about the Global Photos program on a number of levels that students and professors I spoke with had (of which some have refused to vote or support the program). A lot of students that I know found the program weird and did not quite see how the finalist photos for 2024 had anything to do with “Global Engagement” contrary to what the judges thought, and there have been ethical concerns about who the photoed individuals in the 12 years that the project has run (of which no name or explanation is provided), some of whom have accused the contest of continuing to harbor colonial sentiments when it comes to photos of third world countries by taking advantage of people through photos and never giving back (or there is no mention of follow-ups to what winners have done with the prize). Other students as can be seen on the BU Reddit actually complained about why money was put toward this contest instead of other endeavors. What really irked some professors I know for this year were the photos “Curiosity Captured a Glimpse of Wonder in Africa,” “Silent Struggles,” and “Years” that aroused a number of suspicions and concerns for the reasons I have mentioned.

  2. These photos are amazing and depict real life around the world (and locally, one from Boston area). Congratulations to all the nominees on their work.

  3. How many people approved infantilizing and colonialist photos of kids who were unlikely to even be asked consent for their likeness to be featured here? Then to add titles that belittle the peoples in the photo like, “ Silent Struggles” — what struggle is being implied here? “ Curiosity Captured a Glimpse of Wonder in Africa” as if the student is introducing the concept of photography to… the entire continent of Africa?!?!?

    Not a good look, BU. Esthetic photography does not equal good subjects or reasonable/realistic narratives to promote, nor ethical practices

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