The 2011 Monmouth College Off-Campus Photography Contest

 

   
The following photo was voted People's Choice by email vote at Monmouth College.  
"San Marco Square – Sinking City"
 Alyse Cole
   
The following ten photos have been submitted to the ACM Photography Contest. The first three were awarded prizes at Monmouth College.
1st Place
"Bobber"
Jessica Bingham (ACM Florence)
La Spezia, a small town outside of the Cinque Terre, was also ruined by the flooding. The coast relies on boats for food, jobs, and entertainment, and now  they must rebuild everything they know. The lighting and composition of this area really stood out to me and I wanted to capture the calm atmosphere and cool air surrounding the two young fishermen.
2nd Place
"Silent Market"
Jessica Bingham (ACM Florence)
This market was very different from any I had seen before because of the silence. There was hardly any people there, which is very uncommon because usually the market place is packed full with tourists, vendors, goods, and noise. The colors of this market did however bring the area to life and the moment of silence within that usually loud and busy was beautiful.

Third Place

"The Beauty of Rainbows"

Amanda Streeter (UHI - University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland)

It had rained for two months straight here in the Highlands of Scotland. I walked out the front door and there was a beautiful rainbow right there when I walked out. After that day it didn’t rain for two weeks straight which was unusual because the area we are in is known for its rainy forecast.

 

"Giardino Della Liberta"
Jessica Bingham (ACM Florence)
Old and young, experiencing the little things in life, together. This garden was full of children, parents, lovers, and elders, all enjoying life and freedom. The atmosphere was beautiful, calm and quiet. I was lucky to stumble upon such a peaceful area filled with Italians, experiencing their daily life. I really loved seeing these beautiful older Italian men, playing games in this park while they laughed and smoked their cigarettes. The young man watching them is my fiance, observing them and picturing his life down the road. The day was beautiful and really showed true Italy.
"Iguana Encounter"
Jacob Owens (Biology Trip to Galapagos Islands)
Just like our group who has been walking around all day observing the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, this Iguana is tired from his long day. So tired, in fact, he plops down on the middle of the pavement and doesn't even budge as we stop to say 'hello!'  This picture is significant because it shows the amazing diversity of wildlife in the Galapagos. The Galapagos Islands are an amazing natural wonder everyone should see with their own eyes.

 

"The Meeting Place"

Alyse Cole (ACM Florence)

The steps of Duomo were a common meeting place for friends to sit and enjoy each other’s company.

 

 

"Play On Land – Venice"
Alyse Cole (ACM Florence)
While in Venice, it was very different to see children playing in the squares in front of churches or just anywhere they could find dry land to play on. It was just such a difference for me. No grass.

 "Journey "

Jessica Bingham (ACM Florence)
Walking is the most important form of transportation in the small cities and towns of Italy and was very crucial to my experience abroad as well. The people of Italy walked to most places, talking and smoking along the way. It was very interesting to me to walk with Italians and listen to their language everywhere I went, while passing past amazing pieces of history.

"Italian Jazz Santas"
Alyse Cole
After the program was over, I spent three days in Florence before I went home. I was walking around and as I came up to the Ponte Vecchio I heard Christmas songs. As I got closer, I saw these musicians dressed in Santa suits playing jazz Christmas tunes. It made me feel so at home.
"Man Feeding the Swan at the Serpentine"
Alex Nall (ACM London-Florence)
This photo was taken on one of many walks through Hyde Park in London. Hyde Park is the biggest of the parks in the city and has a variety of fun activities for families and couples to engage in from a Ferris wheel to the Princess Diana Memorial Walkway and Foot Fountain. One of my favorite places to stroll beside was the Serpentine, the long elegant body of water that runs through the park. Among the paddlers, rowboats and sunbathers are gigantic water fowl that live off the bread crumbs given to them by citizens and tourists. The photo shows a man doing just that and being welcomed by more than a handful of hungry swans. What I’ll remember most about this photo is the birdfeeder’s placid expression while the flock of swans picked food up and around him. He never batted an eye as the beaks plucked the loaves of bread from the palm of his hand.
   
Other Submissions:  
“A wake up to super sizing”
Rachel Holm (ISEP - Chile)
During my first week in Chile, I ordered a medium pop and was very confused when the waitress brought me this cup. I asked if it was a medium and then realized that the size of drinks in the US is not standardized to the rest of the world.

"Dilapidated church where the Wolf of Badenoch is buried"
Nicholas Munson ((UHI - University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland)

 

"Highlands landscape"

Nicholas Munson (UHI - University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland)

 "This picture was taken during our excursion to Morocco. We were driving on a bus to a nearby city in Morocco when we pulled to the side of the road and our director told us he had a surprise waiting for us. It turns out that we were able to take a camel ride alongside the Atlantic Ocean, which was an amazing surprise and experience!"

Emily Masek (Central College, Granada, Spain)

 “The love between a mother and son never changes but like mother and son it grows over the years.” This is my host Mom's uncle with his mother and the celebration of his birthday. His mother was so proud and continually gave him hugs and kisses..

Rachel Holm ( ISEP - Chile)

"High Street in September with a road full of tourists."
Amanda Streeter (UHI - University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland)

"Falls of Foyers is a waterfall that we visited. It had a path that needed to be walked down to reach the falls and this was a sign that showed which way to go."

Amanda Streeter (UHI - University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland)

"Wilderness along the pathway to Falls of Foyers."
Amanda Streeter (UHI - University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland)

 

"A dog that is owned by the owners of the café across the street from the Falls of Foyers."

Amanda Streeter (UHI - University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland)

"A small waterfall coming down from a hill on our way into the hills for an expedition."
Amanda Streeter (UHI - University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland)
"A sandy and rocky beach along the northern coast of Scotland."
Amanda Streeter (UHI - University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland)
"Sunlight shining through the clouds along the western coast of Scotland"
Amanda Streeter (UHI - University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland)
"Sunlight shining through the clouds over the hills along the western coast of Scotland."
Amanda Streeter (UHI - University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland)
"A small waterfall along the road coming down from the hills."
Amanda Streeter (UHI - University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland)
"Rock climbing with some friends from the program."
Amanda Streeter (UHI - University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland)
"Pathway leading down to the Falls of Foyers"
Amanda Streeter (UHI - University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland)
"Dragon breathing fire that was displayed during Perth’s 800th Birthday celebration in a snowstorm."
Dan Steamer (UHI - University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland)
"The town of Perth in the snow around Christmas time."
Dan Steamer (UHI - University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland)
"Cinque Terre"
Jessica Bingham (ACM Florence)
Not even a week after I walked along the trails of the breathtaking Cinque Terre, tremendous floods began. Those floods erased the cliff side villages with endless rains and mud slides and many people were injured or died due to the nature disaster. I watched the news reports of the flooding with my host mother and could see the pain she felt for those families and I too began to feel Italy's pain.

 

Festa Della Rificolona "

Jessica Bingham (ACM Florence)

This festival is for Italians to celebrate the birthday of the Virgin Mary. During the festivities children make paper-mache lanterns and parade through the city, singing songs, and enjoying life. The lanterns were very colorful and of all different shapes and sizes, showing the creative minds of the young children. There was lots of food and wine accompanied by music, dancing, and laughing. The atmosphere was beautiful with many people out showing their love for the Virgin.

"None of That Nonsense – Florence."
Alyse Cole (ACM Florence)
"People Watchers – Cinque Terra"
Alyse Cole (ACM Florence)
"Serious man walking – Florence."
Alyse Cole (ACM Florence)

 

"The Dream of it All."

Alyse Cole (ACM Florence)

"Cupid blows kisses at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence."
Alex Nall (ACM London-Florence)

 

"Josh and Hannah looking at the sea in Cinque Terre."

Alex Nall (ACM London-Florence)

 

"Aerial view of Monterossa – Cinque Terre"

Alex Nall (ACM London-Florence)

"Pizza in Florence"
Alex Nall (ACM London-Florence)
"Royal Wedding Mania"
Alex Nall (ACM London-Florence)
"Green Park, London"
Alex Nall (ACM London-Florence)
"Woman Feeding the Birds – London"
Alex Nall (ACM London-Florence)
"Swan at the Serpentine – Hyde Park, London"
Alex Nall (ACM London-Florence)
"Lovers at Green Park, London"
Alex Nall (ACM London-Florence)

"The Liffey River, Dublin"

Alex Nall (ACM London-Florence)

"Sunset in Edinburgh, Scotland"
Alex Nall (ACM London-Florence)
"Via Vigna delia Nuova, Street in Florence"
Alex Nall (ACM London-Florence)

 

"Classroom/Library in London"

Alex Nall (ACM London-Florence)

"Court Arbour Garden at Hampton Court"
Alex Nall (ACM London-Florence)