The images from off-campus study resonate in students' minds years after their experiences.  Shared, these images can tell powerful stories about new insights, transformed perspectives, and powerful new forms of learning. 

ACM colleges have been pioneers in off-campus study and have collaborated since the early 1960s to provide distinctive liberal arts off-campus study opportunities in the U.S. and around the world. To celebrate this history and the important role of off-campus study in liberal arts education, the ACM member colleges also invite students to submit photographs from their off-campus study experiences for the annual all-ACM photography contest.

A selection of the photographs nominated by the colleges will continue on display at the ACM office in Chicago and may be used in future ACM publications.  All of the winning photographs and honorable mentions will be displayed on the ACM website at

ACM Photo Contest Categories and Prizes

Grand Prize: $200

1st place prizes: $100

2nd place prizes: $75

3rd place prizes: $50

Facebook Fan's Choice: $50

Honorable mentions: $10 giftcard

In addition to the overall grand prize winner, judges will select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each of the following categories:

  • People
  • Places
  • Cross-Cultural Encounters


Students must be currently enrolled at an ACM college and must have taken the photograph while on an undergraduate off-campus study program.  The off-campus study program may be domestic or international and may be sponsored by the ACM, a member college, or another off-campus study provider.  The student submitting the photo entry must have taken the photo.

Entry requirements

One copy of each photo (minimum 8" by 10" printed professionally at high resolution on photo-grade paper) must be submitted.  In addition, each photo must be accompanied by a high resolution digital copy (jpeg) and a photo contest submission form.


Entries must be submitted to the Office of International and Off-Campus Studies no later than the deadline, which has not been announced yet. Last year, the deadline was during the spring semester.

Students who have submitted photographs to the Cornell College Photo Contest may be nominated for consideration in the ACM Photo Contest by the Office of International & Off-Campus Studies.  Students who wish to be nominated need to complete a form online and print a copy to submit to the Office of Off-Campus Studies along with their photo submission.