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Photo Contest Winners, 2012

1st Place
"The Only Guy Without a Tux for Miles"

By: Edward Charles Skolnick
Argentina FLLT/LAS, Winter 2012

This photograph was taken on a five hour excursion to walk with the penguins in one of the most remote areas in the world known as Ushuaia ("Tierra del Fuego")!! Ushuaia is located at the southern tip of South America and is more informally known as "the end of the world" since it is the largest city at the end of the continent with a little over four thousand inhabitants. Getting the chance to visit one of the most naturally beautiful and breathtaking places in the world was an amazing experience I will never forget. The whole region was a panoramic sight in itself. It was nearly impossible to mess up a picture with the abundance of landscapes and wild life present during the expeditions we took as a group. The photograph I am submitting was taken on my last expedition while in Ushuaia. The excursion was unique in that it was run by the only organization in the entire city that gave you the opportunity to walk with penguins. The morning of the expedition, I set out at the crack of dawn with five other classmates and finally arrived a few hours later (after a bus and boat trip) to the island the penguins inhabited. When our little boat pulled up it was one of the most surreal moments of my life. I felt like I was walking onto an undiscovered land that had never been seen before. It was interesting to see the dynamic and duality of the curiosity present between the penguins and my group the moment we stepped foot on the new terrain. One special penguin that will always have a place in my heart walked right up to me a few minutes after getting off the boat. As I gave him a chance to get used to me, I sat down next to him. For a while we just hung out next to each other while we enjoyed the amazing views on the island as well as each other's company. That moment gave me the opportunity to collide with nature and experience something I never had in my entire life. The photograph that captures me hanging out with my new penguin friend is the one I am submitting. The significance of this picture goes beyond the bounds of its visual representation. The moment I was sitting there I realized that the greatest part about studying abroad was going out and making your own adventures outside the classroom. For that reason I was able to grow as an individual and truly embrace new experiences as they came my way and appreciate what makes life so special.

2nd Place
"Bailando con Caballos (Dancing with Horses)"

By: Sarah Boland
Argentina FLLT/LAS, Winter 2012

The horse wasn't only a means of transportation to the Argentinean culture in the pampas, but rather a companion and friend. The Gaucho or "Argentinean cowboy" is a romantic symbol to the people of Argentina. He represented Argentinean tradition and was contrary to corruption. A gaucho had freedoms a citizen in the city could never have enclosed in the walls of buildings and laws. Gauchos were nomadic and roamed throughout the countryside of Argentina. They had their own laws and had the stars as their rooftops. UD students and I visited a farm "Estancia" outside of Buenos Aires for a day to ride with the Gauchos. The amount of care and love these men had for their horses was heartwarming. A horse constituted mostly of what a gaucho owned in the world. The horse breed Criollo had mixed blood along with his rider the Gaucho. So therefore the rider and horse are one in the same in the Argentinean culture of the pampas.

The intimate embrace of the gaucho and horse demonstrates the love and partnership between man and horse in Argentina. The act of lying with the horse shows how the gaucho sleeps under the stars with only one companion: his horse.

3rd Place
"Contagious Smiles"

By: Kayla Volpe
South Africa NURS, Winter 2012

Taken at Luvoyo Day Care Center, in Pretoria, South Africa, this photo captures the connection I was able to make with these children, beautiful inside and out. Most do not learn English until they enter the school system around the age of six. The ages of the children were three to five, however, we were able to communicate through the international language of love. The language barrier was broken through something as small as a hug or a smile, which were truly contagious throughout each visit to Luvoyo. Forming relationships, despite cultural and language differences, made my life changing experience truly unforgettable.

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