Photo & Essay Contest

Great News!  We have a yearly photo and essay contest for all Program Participants.
You can win $300.00 cash for sending us the winning picture or essay!

There is no limit to your photo submissions, but only one essay per student is allowed. Your essay should describe a memorable experience in the USA during your program. It should be limited to one page, typed in English. You may submit entries as early as you wish but they will not be judged until December. Winners will be announced in January.

Submissions should be made to Please include your full name, date of birth and passport country with your submissions. Or simply upload your submission below. 

By submitting to the contest you agree that we may publish your photos and essays and use them as promotional materials to support UWT and its activities.

Email or complete the form at the bottom of the page to make your submission!

Read our 2011 Winning Essay!

Read our 2012 Winning Essay!

Read our 2013 Winning Essay!

Read our 2014 Winning Essay!


2016 Photo Contest Winner

This young lady is showing her true “love” for her program and her experience while capturing the essence of “Freedom” in New York City.



2015 Photo Contest Winner

This group of students are cheerfully posing under a bridge and happen to capture an award winning angle of their cultural experience.


2014 Pic Winner

2014 Photo Contest Winner

This group of students from Thailand are expressing their youth and artistic dance with an amazing historic church in the background. This picture was taken in New Orleans, LA.



2013 Pic Winner

2013 Photo Contest Winner

This group of students from Dominican Republic are truly enjoying their cultural experience in the USA. Washington, DC was an amazing part of their journey as you can see the Nation’s Capital in the background.



2012 Winner

2012 Photo Contest Winner

This group of students from Taiwan are truly enjoying their cultural experience in the USA. Wonderful creativity and well balanced students proved this picture a winner in 2012.



UWT Photo Winner 2011

2011 Photo Contest Winner

This winning photo takes peace, fun and “picture perfect” to a whole new level. It reminds us celebrate the beautiful moments that we encounter on our travels. This young lady is from the Russian Federation.



UWT Photo Winner 2010

2010 Photo Contest Winner

A young man from Ukraine is deep in thought and enjoying the view of the city skyline across the water. The blue tones in the composition enhance the dramatic nature of this photograph.



UWT Photo Winner 2009

2009 Photo Contest Winner

Two very enthusiastic students from Thailand show how much they are enjoying their trip to New York City by jumping for joy in front of the Statue of Liberty!



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