How it works Share your experiences through photos taken during your exchange!
Submission guidelines Submission period: January 1 – February 17, 2019
Voting Online and in person
Exhibition View the photos
Awards Reception View the photos
Contact Questions and accommodation requests

How it works

Are you currently studying abroad or have you recently returned from exchange? Are you an international or exchange student studying at U of T? You are invited to take part in CIE’s “What’s Your Story?” Photography Contest! Submit your personal photographs of your experiences abroad by the February 17, 2019 deadline, then invite all of your friends and family to vote. Winners will be announced on the last day of the exhibition and prizes will be awarded.

Submission guidelines

Submission period: January 1 – February 17, 2019  

You may submit photos to the following categories:

  • People and Places
  • Landscapes
  • Cultural Learning
  • Toronto

You can submit up to two (2) photos in total for the overall contest. Photos must be original and may not include any images showing inappropriate behavior. Please submit your photo(s) by email to, with a minimum resolution of 300 ppi and at least 8x10 inches in size. Photos must be a minimum of 2MB to be accepted.

*ALL photos MUST be labelled in the format below otherwise, they WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Format: TITLE, First and Last Name. Location. Program of Study. Institution. Category.

Example: SUNSET SCENERY, Nathalie Mejia. Santiago. Polisci. University of Chile. People and Places.

The last day for submissions will be Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.  

*Please note that by entering this competition you are consenting to future use of your photographs by the Centre for International Experience and the University of Toronto. Use includes, but is not limited to, information booklets, pamphlets, website pages, etc.


More info coming soon!

Exhibition March 4 to 6, 2019

Drop by to view the photo contest entries and vote for your favorite in each category! Photos will be on display in the Cumberland Room at the Centre for International Experience (33 St George Street):

  • Monday, March 4 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 5 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 6 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Awards Reception March 5, 2019

Join us as we celebrate all contest entries and announce this year’s winners! Light refreshments will be provided.


Should you have any further questions or a request for accommodation, please do not hesitate to contact Hannah Souza, Event and Communication Officer at