My America: Summer Work Travel Photo Contest

“New York” („Nowy Jork”) by Magda Matuszewska. Location: New York City
“New York” („Nowy Jork”) by Magda Matuszewska. Location: New York City

U.S. Embassy Warsaw and U.S. Consulate General Krakow are excited to announce the photo contest, “My America: Summer Work Travel.” We invite Polish Summer Work Travel participants to submit photographs that highlight their experience in America. Photographs could focus on the natural environment, culture, people, or places of the United States, among other subjects. The contest is open to participants from any program year. Check out the finalists from our previous photo contest here and here.

Photographs will be judged by a panel of staff from U.S. Embassy Warsaw and U.S. Consulate General Krakow. Criteria for judging the photos include but are not limited to: relevance to the contest title, originality, creativity, and composition. The jury will select up to twenty-five finalists, and among them award one grand prize winner. The grand prize winner will receive an Apple iPad Air, and other finalists will receive special America-themed gift bags. Finalists may also have their photographs displayed publically online or at the Embassy or Consulate General.

Each participant may submit a maximum of two photographs by email to: Each submitted photograph must include a title, description, location and month and year the photo was taken. Photo submissions must be attachments in jpg format, at least 3072×2304 pixels, with a maximum size of 3 megabytes. Contestants must also confirm their participation in the Summer Work Travel Program, with the following statement in the text of their e-mail submission: “I confirm that I participated in the Summer Work Travel Program in [this year].” Entries may be submitted between August 31, 2015, and October 23, 2015. Judging will conclude by November 13, 2015. More detailed information on the contest and how to enter is included in the official contest rules (PDF).

The Summer Work Travel program provides foreign students with the opportunity to live, work and travel in the United States during their summer vacation from college or university. During their summer in America, students learn about the people and way of life in the United States. More information on the Summer Work Travel program can be foundhere.

The Summer Work Travel program is one of several work-and study-based exchange visitor programs, outlined here.