Announcement of the winners of the international photo competition


SUNY Cortland’s Office of International Programs recently announced the winners of its Fall 2022 Photo Contest.

A total of 26 student photos were recognized in five categories, with more than 400 votes cast by members of the campus community for the popular choice photos.

The submissions represented overseas experiences as well as domestic travel. Study abroad resumed in the 2021-22 academic year after a hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The university’s Office of International Programs currently manages more than 40 study abroad partnerships while helping Cortland students connect to hundreds of additional opportunities in the SUNY system. More than 70 international students representing 24 countries are also enrolled at Cortland.

The winners are included below.

World as class category

First place: Christophe Fernandez, Turkish worker, Yozgat province, Turkey

Black and white image of a Turkish laborer working in a field

Finalist: Tyler Leote, card game, Cobh, Ireland

Row of houses and large church in Cobh, Ireland

Popular choice: Joseph Santangelo, Biodiversity Sampling in La Selva, Pueto Viego, Costa Rica

Student photographed under a giant tree in Costa Rica

Honorable mention: Liam Grill, Rodin Garden Museum, Paris, France

Musée Rodin du Jardin photographed behind flowers

Honorable mention: Chloe Loewenguth, See Art, Florence, Italy

Student looking at portraits on a wall in an art gallery

Category Capture the moment

First place: Kaspar Kolja Grosse, Colorado Mountain Street, Colorado

Student looking at Colorado mountains

Finalist: Antonia Blanke, End of the Rainbow, Niagara Falls, New York

Students in rain jackets near Niagara Falls

Popular Pick: Muhammet Altunsoy, Adventure, Greek Peak, Cortland, NY

Student and family in the background at the Greek Peak Adventure Center

Honorable mention: Kelly Tait, The Sky’s the Limit, Glen Falls, NY

Smiling student with hot air balloons in the background

Honorable mention: Katja Galle, The Grand Canyon of the East, Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY

Student looking at Letchworth State Park

Category The Faces of Study Abroad

First place: Regan Goger, Blarney Castle, Cork, Ireland

Student outside Blarney Castle in Ireland

Finalist: Jessica Boodhoo, The Rise, Fortuna, Costa Rica

Student posing near the mountains in Costa Rica

Popular choice: Meagan Conway, Brisbane River, Kangaroo Point, Australia

Smiling student in front of Brisbane river in Australia

Honorable Mention: Kylea Skinner, This Is Not Mars, Málaga, Spain

Two students photographed in Salamanca, Spain

Honorable Mention: Maria Keeney, My 21st Birthday in Paris, Paris, France

Student photographed with the Eiffel Tower in the background

Wonderland Category

First place: Romina Frenzel, Rainbows, Niagara Falls, NY


Finalist: Justus Brinkman, Three New York T-shirts for $10.99, New York City, NY

T-shirt store in New York

Popular Pick: Laura Gonzalez, Not Just a “Concrete Jungle,” Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY

Landscape of Letchworth State Park

Honorable Mention: Deborah Seipp, Set in Stone, Lake Ontario, NY

Stones photographed at Lake Ontario

Honorable Mention: Elliot Booth, Colorado Mountain Road, Colorado

Landscape view of road near Colorado mountains

Honorable Mention: Chika Sato, Untitled

Sunset view behind buildings

Live like a local category

First place: Tara Mirza, Khan El Kahlili, Cairo, Egypt

Two students in Cairo, Egypt

Finalist: Gloria Daillet, working at Bookmark, Memorial Library, Cortland, NY

Students working at Bookmark Cafe with pumpkins

Popular choice: Sophia Romano, Rainy London Nights, London, England

Person covering up during downpours in London

Honorable mention: Briance Love, Friends, Hawaii

Hawaii Ecotourism Class Shown with Cortland Banner

Honorable mention: Rebekka Stellwag, Cascades at Its Best, Enfield Creek, NY

Student photographed near a waterfall in Enfield Creek

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