"The look in his eyes"
"I studied abroad in Amsterdam, The Netherlands during the spring 2010 semester
and took this photo while on a weekend trip to Bratislava, Slovakia. My friend and
I were rushing to catch our bus back to Amsterdam when we heard an accordion. The
melody immediately caught our attention and as we stopped to see who was playing,
I was struck by the sadness in this boy’s eyes. Perhaps it was the melancholic song
that made him look sad to me. I was suddenly moved by the culmination of it all:
the vibrant colors behind him, the medieval towers and 20th century buildings surrounding
him, and the melody coming from him."
"This past January, my Religious Studies class traveled to Guatemala to study the
Maya Religion. We traveled to amazing places such as Panajachel, Xela, and Antigua.
My group participated in a Stove building project as well as a Maya arts program
with children from a local school. There were many Maya women helping out and so
many children running around wanting to help. This picture was taken of three girls
at the school during a lunch break. It was a beautiful day and they were having
so much fun running around with their friends."
"Beauty Amidst the Final Solution"
"My senses were overwhelmed as I scanned the panoramic length of the lake behind
the Wannsee Mansion in Berlin, Germany. It was the third day of my "Remembering
the Holocaust" January term trip and already we had explored the city, seen the
Berlin Wall, and visited the Checkpoint Charlie Museum. On this morning we filed
into the mansion where the masterminds behind the Holocaust formulated their "Final
Solution" for the Jews. It was hard to believe that a place as inconspicuous as
this had once held men so violent and power-hungry. After walking through the rooms
filled with pictures, quotes, and information about the rise and fall of World War
II, I ventured out to the backyard. Immediately I gravitated towards this beautiful
frozen lake; so still and serene. As one of my classmates ventured onto the ice-
despite multiple people warning him not to- I knew this was a moment I needed to
capture. Though the history of the Wannsee Mansion is horrible and corrupt, the
lake served as a metaphor for our responsibilities as human beings. We must confront
our fears and stand with confidence against injustice and uncertainty."
"The French experience"
"Nice at night"
"Holocaust Memorial on the Pest bank
of the Danube"
"The windmill village"
Zaan Schanse, Netherlands
"St. Peter's basilica"
4th Annual Photo Contest