Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies

CLAIS/ESC Photo Competition Overview and Rules

The Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies (CLAIS) and the European Studies Council (ESC) invite Yale Students who have conducted academic travel, research, or internship experiences in Latin America, the Caribbean, or Europe (including Eurasia and Russia) to submit photographs taken during their experiences for the first CLAIS/ESC Joint Photo Competition. The photos can have been taken anytime abroad in 2019, or during spring break 2020. All photos need to be submitted by May 18, 2020.


  1. The contest is open to all Yale University students. For the Graduate and Professional Students division, priority will be given to students who are a part of the CLAIS Graduate & Professional Student Network, part of the  ESC Graduate Fellows Network, or who have received funding from CLAIS or ESC. For students competing in the undergraduate division, submissions will be judged equally, whether those students recieved funding from CLAIS or not for their research trips, study abroad experiences, or other academic experiences in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe.
  2. Students may submit only two photos in .jpg format.
  3. The photos submitted should be in high resolution.
  4. The photographs must be original, and taken by the student while the student was in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe (including Eurasia and Russia) for academic travel, research, or internship experiences.
  5. In addition to submitting the photo and caption for each photo, applicants will be asked to provide the following information:
    • First and Last Name
    • Class Year
    • Professional School, Graduate Program, or Residential College
    • University email address
    • The term during which the photo was taken (i.e. Summer 2019)
    • The name of the country and city or town where the student took the photo (i.e. Zaragoza, Spain)
    • A short paragraph or photo caption (not to exceed 2000 characters) that succinctly describes the photograph and its significance to the applicant’s experience.
  6. Submissions will be judged by a committee of CLAIS & ESC Faculty and Staff.
  7. All decisions are final.
  8. Selected photographs will be selected from all submissions to be printed and displayed publically at the CLAIS/ESC Photography Contest Exhibition on a date to be determined at Henry R. Luce Hall Common Room (34 Hillhouse Avenue).
  9. Winners will be announced at the exhibition on date to be determined.
  10. By submitting their photos to the CLAIS/ESC Photograph Competition, you attest that:
    • You are the only author of your work and that it is your original work
    • You are the sole copyright holder
    • You have not licensed any rights in the work that will conflict with the usage rights required by Yale University.
  11. By submitting to this contest, you consent to the following:   

I grant to Yale University (“Yale”) the right to copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, exhibit, display, edit, or otherwise use my photograph, my name, and biographical information for educational, promotional, or other purposes that support Yale’s mission. I understand that these rights are granted to Yale and may be used in whole or in part without compensation.

I affirm that the subjects in my photo have agreed that their likenesses may be used in accordance with the terms and conditions of this contest as listed above.


To be eligible for this competition, students must meet one of these two requirements:

  1. Be a current Graduate or Professional School student at Yale who conducted academic activities or research in Latin America, the Caribbean, or Europe (including Eurasia and Russia).
  2. Be a current Yale College student who has conducted any academic activity or research in in Latin America, the Caribbean, or Europe (including Eurasia and Russia) whether it was or was not supported financially by the Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies or the European Studies Council.

Judging Criteria

Winners will be selected based on the following:

  1. Photos will be judged on the artistic merit, visual appeal, technical execution, and overall impression. A special emphasis will be placed on the way in which the photo captures the student photographer’s experiences as described in the caption.
  2. Photos will be evaluated “as submitted” for the purpose of the contest. However, Yale University reserves the right to resize the picture as needed for printing and display at the competition exhibition on September 24, 2020.


Graduate/Professional Students Division

  • First Place: $100
  • Second Place: $75
  • Third Place: $50

Yale College Division

  • First Place: $100
  • Second Place: $75
  • Third Place: $50

All prizes are considered taxable income and are subject to tax withholding.

Click here to submit an entry for the CLAIS/ESC Photo Competition.