This Fall CLC and the Office of Overseas Studies ran the first Photo Contest. This contest was an excellent opportunity to showcase student’s unique experiences and cultural immersion while studying abroad. The winning participants received their prizes and certificates at the Language Majors and Minors Reception on November 8th, 2023.

Consider submitting your photo for the contest next year!

Below are the winning pictures!

A special thank you to the CLC Outreach Committee members for organizing this contest!

-Fages Agudo, Jamie Fudacz, Jennifer Misran and Steven Gonzalez

Photo Categories

    • Cityscapes
    • Buildings
    • Art
    • Nature
    • Animals
    • Friends
    • Families
    • Children
    • Creative selfies
    • Food and drinks
    • Feasts and festivities
    • Music
    • Politics
    • Sports

Everyday Scenes

1st Place: “Ordering Coffee, in Yellow/ Commander du Café, en Jaune”

Photographer: Lyla Kirkpatrick

Course: FREN220 

Location: La Martinique, Caribbean


2nd Place: “A Night of Tango / Noche de Tango”

Photographer: Kimberly Rochin

Course: SPAN499

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

3rd Place: “Foods from the Market/Comida del mercado”

Photographer: Cole Dubrow

Course: SPAN396

Location: Oaxaca, Mexico

Honorable Mention: “A Day in Jiufen / 九份的一天”

Photographer: Riya Valaulikar

Program: CET Taipei

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

People Category

1st Place: “Men & the Sea // Les Hommes et La Mer”

Photographer: Lyla Kirkpatrick

Course: FREN220 

Location: La Martinique, Caribbean

2nd Place: “Church Mates; 교회 친구들”

Photographer: Nathan Kim

Program: Yonsei University

Location: South Korea

3rd Place: “Platform Two 二番ホーム”

Photographer: Peter Liu

Program: Nanzan University

Location: Japan

Honorable Mention: “Gratte Ciel”

Photographer: Tylar Hendrick

Course:ARTL 310 Music and Dance in Paris Salon Culture

Location: France

Landscapes Category

1st Place: “Birds of Hierve el Agua/ Pájaros del Hierve el Agua”

Photographer: Katrina Huynh

Course: SPAN396

Location: Oaxaca, Mexico

2nd Place: “Uji Blues/ 宇治ブルーズ”

Photographer: Peter Liu

Program: Nanzan University

Location: Japan

3rd Place: “Bermeo Beach/Playa de Bermeo”

Photographer: Carlo Meglio

Course: SPAN220

Location: Santander, Spain

Honorable Mention: “El Tigre Waterfalls, Costa Rica”

Photographer: Selene Castillo

Course: SPAN 499

Location: Costa Rica

Contest Judges

Everyday Scenes Category

Julieta Reynoso was born in Mexico City and raised in LA. She is an educator and fine artist. Her artistic practices include ceramics, graphic design, photography, and screen-printing. She currently works as a Teaching Artist at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA and as an Associate Teacher at Sequoyah School also in Pasadena, CA

Andrea Storey is a Study Abroad Advisor at the Dornsife Office for Overseas Studies. She specializes in helping students navigate study abroad opportunities in Ireland, Latin America, and the United Kingdom. Andrea is committed to guiding students through every stage of their study abroad experience, from preparation to reflection, ensuring they have a rewarding and enriching international education.

People Category

Ling Kogan was born in Ukraine. She moved to the US in 1992 and graduated from USC in 2000 with a Masters degree in Computer Science, Multimedia and Creative Technologies. Kogan’s first ceramic sculptures emerged in 1996, followed by mixed media and experimental abstracts. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Lina Kogan is an award winning contemporary sculptor and mixed media artist. Her multifaceted mixed media, collages, abstract paintings and ceramics were exhibited by Torrance Art Museum, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pacific Design Center, Neutra Institute Museum, TAG Gallery, Art 2 Art Gallery, The Brewery, California Conference for Advancement of Ceramics Arts (CCACA).

Michael Misran lives near Paris, France and is a skilled developer and UX-UI designer. Currently working as a freelancer, he excels in designing visual and interactive elements to create meaningful user experiences. Outside of work, he nurtures his creativity through his passion for drawing and photography.

Landscapes Category

Adrian Cohen was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina and came to Los Angeles when he was 18 years old. He began working as an architect after college and eventually became a partner with Widom Wein Cohen Architects. After many expansions and mergers, he came to work with DLR Group until his retirement in 2019. At DLR Group he was Senior Principal and California Region Leader, and specialized in Educational, Health Care, and Commercial Architecture. DLR Group was the principal architectural group for the Los Angeles Coliseum renovation project. He currently enjoys his retirement by traveling and spending time with his family.

Beatriz Valls was born in Madrid, Spain, and raised in a multicultural enviroment. She studies Sociology and Art in Madrid and Milan, Italy. She moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to study an MFA in Public Practice at Otis College of Arts and Design. She has since collaborated with different non-profit organizations while teaching at Glendale Community College and The Waverly School in Pasadena.

The 1st Annual Study Abroad Photo Contest was only made possible by the generous support of our sponsors: the Center for Languages and Cultures, The Office of Overseas Studies and the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures