SIT Study Abroad Photo Contest 2021: The Winners

Announcement Date: May 18, 2021

We are pleased to announce the winners of SIT’s 2021 Photo Contest.

Thank you to all who submitted! The quality and number of submissions was remarkable and revealed SIT students’ great eye for capturing the learning experiences they’re enjoying around the world. Winners were determined by popular vote.

Here are this year’s talented winners.

First Place

Isabella Mancini
University of San Francisco

Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights, fall 2019

As part of the Multiculturalism and Human Rights program in Morocco, our class took an excursion to Chefchaouen, known as the Blue City. Chefchaouen is located around the Rif mountains, where many protests have occurred in the Rif region due to a lack of state development and infrastructure. There are many theories as to why Chefchaouen is painted blue, but the most popular theory is that the city’s buildings were painted in different shades of blue to attract tourists, where tourism can help contribute to local businesses and the overall welfare of people in the city. 

Second Place

Leslie Vergara
Davidson College
Mexico: Migration, Borders & Transnational Communities, fall 2019
Leslie will also participate in our summer 2021 program Chile: Virtual Internship in Education & Social Change Organizations

During the SIT Mexico: Migration, Borders, and Transnational Communities, we engaged in immigration courts, press conferences, local museums and restaurants, and more. From this picture, you can see how mesmerized I was by Teotihuacán's amazing sun and moon pyramids. Once you have reached the top of the pyramid of the sun, you feel like you have reached a magical place. The energy you feel there is unlike any other. It even attracts butterflies!

Third Place

Cassie Robbins
University of Richmond
Switzerland: Global Health and Development Policy, spring 2020

Photo from program excursion to Morocco

Our week-long study trip took us to a small village in Morocco where we stayed with host families and learned about Moroccan village life and their healthcare options. One of our hosts hiked with us into the Saharan desert to watch the sunset over the sand dunes. It was one of the most peaceful and fantastic experiences I have ever had.