Welcome to the Elite Eight of the SDSU International Photo contest, featuring student-submitted photos from around the world. This year we’re choosing our People’s Choice Award through a 32-photo tournament, with winners decided by online voting right here on the Be International blog. After thousands of votes were cast in our first two rounds of eliminations, voting is now open for the quarterfinals below, so pick your favorites! EDITOR’S NOTE: VOTING IS NOW CLOSED.
The theme of this year’s contest is “Experience Movement: Images capturing movement within everyday life of your host culture, in work, play, ceremony, and surroundings; either subtle or dynamic.” For more information on the International Photo Contest and to view last year’s winners visit this website. You will vote on images head-to-head, with the winners of each vote advancing on to the next round. To view the second round voting, click here. Voting for this round closes Monday at 9 a.m. Click on each photo to see the full-sized image.
And now, the voting:
Progression in Pragadise vs. Don’t Blink
Progression in Pragadise
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Narrative: Unveiled through the greenery is the hidden gem of Prague. Located in the heart of Central Europe, this lively picturesque city possesses a preserved historic feel with Charles Bridge while also transitioning to modernism with a boat maneuvering through the tranquil Vltava River.
Location: Capri, Italy
Narrative: In a world of constant change, all we can do is savor a moment. On a speeding boat ride through the Amalfi Coast, with waves crashing below me and clouds swirling above me, I was able to capture this moment in time, and relive this experience over and over.
Beast of the Dance vs. We, Vagabonds
Beast of the Dance (ELIGIBILITY DISQUALIFICATION)
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Narrative: A street performer practices his craft on a rooftop in Lisbon’s Alfama neighborhood. This image captures the movement, energy and dedication of a talented dancer sharing his passion with whoever may walk past. Dancing holds a large role in Latin culture and helps spread multiculturalism.
Narrative: A fermata in the grand symphony of life: The world freezes as the traveler pauses before mounting a crowded car for places unknown. The chaotic morning traffic relents just long enough for me to realize that the driver is on a journey as significant as that of those he drives.
We, Vagabonds wins by disqualification.
An Afternoon at El Retiro vs. Masada
An Afternoon at El Retiro
Location: Madrid, Spain
Narrative: Seen here is the relaxed ‘motion’ of a typical afternoon in Madrid’s Buen Retiro Park. The older man, mid-paddle in a serene row with his wife, as well as the way the clouds gently sail by above represent the tranquility of the park in the midst of hectic city life.
Location: Southern District, Israel
Narrative: Masada is a place of adventure but also vast history. This picture communicates how as a civilization, Jews of Israel have moved all around the world (including myself), while also representing movement, specifically in the Sun and the silhouettes.
Tower Bridge vs. Every Culture is Different
Location: London, United Kingdom
Narrative: Tower Bridge, one of London’s most famous landmarks, lifts open to allow ships to pass by multiple times each day. Here, the bridge is currently opening for a vessel to pass through upstream. Traffic on the bridge comes to a standstill as the bridge opens and the vessel moves through.
Every Culture is Different
Location: Zhouzhuang, China
Narrative: This photo is taken at Zhouzhuang, a water town in China. It shows how people enjoy riding their boats and singing, while walking through the paths of their ancestors.
Thanks for voting – check back Monday for final results and to vote in the next round!