Xavier University Selects International Photo Contest Winners

March 7, 2012

At a reception Feb. 29, Xavier University’s Center for International Education, University Communications and the Department of Art announced the winners of the University’s sixth International Photo Contest. Photos can be seen at www.xavier.edu/internationalphotos.

The 2012 international photo contest showcased international photos taken by students. Many were taken during Xavier-sponsored study abroad programs. In this sixth international photo contest, twenty-five photos that constituted the “best of the past five years” were selected and displayed in the Faces of the World Lounge (2nd floor, Gallagher Student Center). The Xavier community and Facebook friends had the opportunity to vote for their favorite image.

FIRST PLACE WINNER
“Cao di Temple,” Saigon Vietnam, taken by 2007 grad Erica Weitzel (BA in Fine Arts)

SECOND PLACE
“Fish in the Streets,” Inle Lake, Myanmar, taken by 2008 grad Kailyn Cripe (BS in Middle Childhood Education)

THIRD PLACE
“One Thousand and One Nights,” Assilah, Morocco, taken by Adela Orovay (current Master’s in Occupational Therapy student)

“Right after graduation from Xavier, I moved to Uganda,” says winner Erica Weitzel. “I shot photos for a national newspaper and worked at a Sudan Human Rights Association. After Uganda, I moved to a village in central India to set up a free art school for street children and women. Then I headed to Mexico and set up a studio on the ocean and received a large commission from an accounting firm to create around 60-90 original pieces for a five-building remodel. This is an honor, especially since it was voted on by the public. All my volunteer work in Africa and India and smaller projects here and there are a direct result of the influence of Xavier’s service-based approach. I did Alternative Breaks in Ukraine and Jamaica and a summer abroad in Italy through the art department. At 26, I’ve traveled to 35 countries. Xavier really opens the door for knowledge on a global scale and for that I am extremely grateful!