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Director's Message

Photographs provide more than a static visual record of where we've been and what we've seen. Snapshots or 'high art,' photographic imagery engages us in active thinking about experiences, events, people and places. An image may evoke powerful memories of sensations and emotions: the awe of an Easter sunrise mass overlooking Jerusalem; the exhilaration of looking down on Macchu Picchu with friends after a long, hot climb; the sensation of snowflakes hitting one's eyelashes on a snowy winter evening in Prague; the rich smell of incense and burning candles in St. Peter's. Even the viewer who was not "there" at the time can in a sense share in these experiences.

The collection of images accessible through the links on this page represent the individual and collective experiences of hundreds of Notre Dame students who have spent a semester or year abroad. These photographs have been selected from more than 400 images submitted by program returnees to the Office of International Study Programs' First Annual International Photography Contest, which was inaugurated in September 1999. We present the winning photographs in each of the categories announced for this competition, as well as runners-up and honorable mentions.

Selecting winners from the entries was a very difficult task, especially as this is the first time we have sponsored the competition. We almost were overwhelmed by the response to our announcement of the competition. The selection process became an extended group effort in our very busy office, and everyone who participated in the process had favorites whose merits were discussed at length. Virtually every student who submitted entries had two or three outstanding shots, and with great regret we were forced to relegate many outstanding and memorable pictures to the 'honorable mention' category as we reached for a consensus on the 'winners' and 'runners-up.' I would like to thank Steve Moriarty, of the Snite Museum of Art, and the International Study Program staff, for their assistance in selecting the finalists.

We learned quite a bit from this first year's contest. First and foremost, we learned that we will need help next year as the competition took considerably more time than we had originally anticipated. I have asked several of the 'winners' who will be on campus next year (2000-01), to assist us. If anyone else is interested in participating on a committee to run the competition, please let me know early next Fall.

Congratulations and thanks to all who participated.

Thomas E. Bogenschild

Dr. Thomas Bogenschild
Director, International & Off Campus Programs

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