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Global Focus Photo Contest

Since 1999, ISP has hosted Global Focus, an annual international photography competition for MSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Every fall, hundreds of entries are received and evaluated by a panel of jurors made up of MSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and professional photographers. Winners are chosen from each category and displayed in the International Center.

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2018 Global Focus Winners

Congratulations to this year's Global Focus international photography competition winners! Thank you to those who voted in the People's Choice category, and thank you to all of the participants for sharing your international experiences.


First Place: Mohammed Ruthan
"A Wrecked Ship"
Saudi Arabia, 2014

Third Place: Ben Clemens
"Between Piazzas"
Italy, 2018


Second Place: Sukrit Pal
"Peeking Rainbow"
India, 2018

People's Choice: Whitney Gusfa
"Atop Table Mountain"
South Africa, 2018





First Place: Daniel Trego
Mexico, 2018

Third Place: Sarah Rautio
"Take Me to the End of the World"
Malta, 2018


Second Place: Lewis Cardenas
"The Southernmost"
Antarctica, 2016

People's Choice: Peter Penar
"Dzidziso Maererano Nezvekuvhota Mumaruwa (Voter Education in the Village)"
Zimbabwe, 2018





First Place: Dave Durham
"After the Flood"
Vietnam, 2017

Third Place: Noushin Mahmood
"A Rastafarian Artist in Africa"
Tanzania, 2017


Second Place: Sarah B. Hodge
"Morning reflection"
Japan, 2018

People's Choice: Ed Farnham
"Scar Face"
Botswana, 2014