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VIPP Photo Essay Contest 2017

Published: Thursday, 08 Jun 2017
Author: VIPP
Department: Visiting International Professional Program

Theme: America Through Your Lens 

Use your artistic vision to highlight your American Experience

Our annual photo essay contest is coming back! What have your experiences been like so far at Michigan State? What do you consider an "American experience?" Did you know that there are 103 state parks and recreation areas in Michigan, and Michigan residents are never more than an hour away from a state park or recreation area? Each season in Michigan is simply spectacular!

Document your time and share your most memorable experience from living and learning in Michigan and the U.S. by entering the 2017 VIPP Photo Essay Contest. 

Submit your own photo(s) and a short essay that describes the picture(s) and your experience related to the photo in no longer than 250 words. We want you to share your perspective on what it means to be a Spartan living and learning in Michigan and the U.S. Some examples are going to a VIPP day trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes, taking family to Upper Peninsula, going to MSU football games, making American friends, and enjoying the Michigan's four seasons – Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. All photos must be original work and have been taken inside Michigan or in the US. 

The deadline for this year's contest is October 31, 2017. Winners will be announced at the 2017 VIPP Thanksgiving dinner on November 17th, 2017. 

Competition Rules

Photo contest is open to all current Visiting International Professional Program participants at Michigan State University. No entry fee. Up to three submissions are possible for each participant. All submissions must be sent to vippnews(at) no later than 5 pm October 31, 2017.

Entries will be judged by jury comprised of VIPP staff and faculty based on creativity, artistic expressiveness, and story. To submit, a photo essay must be in a Word document and photo(s) must be included in a word document or attached. All photo files must be either a PNG, TIFF, or JPEG format. An essay should be no longer than 250 words. Make sure to include your name as well as the title of your photo. Photos must be high-resolution digital images, minimum of 300 dpi, 5 megapixels or approximately 2800px by 2100px.


First Place: $150 Cash Prize or equivalent

Second Place: $100 Cash Prize or equivalent

Third Place: $50 Cash Prize or equivalent

*It is difficult to give away cash prize once participants return home. We will offer a gift equivalent to cash prize.

Copyright Policy

All rights, including copyright rights, of the photographs are retained by the artist. By submitting a photo to the competition, the artist grants VIPP non-exclusive rights for royalty-free use, including the creation and use of derivative works, in displays and in print and electronic publications. The artist will be credited in displays and publications as appropriate.

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