UMSL graduate student Paul Watkins took first place in the Center for International Studies' photo contest for "Up in the Clouds."

The Center for International Studies at the University of Missouri­–St. Louis announced the winners of its sixth annual international photo contest and inaugural study abroad poster contest held in March.

Students, faculty and staff were encouraged to send in their photos from around the world for the photo contest, but only students could place in the top three. Students also were asked to come up with creative, original posters to promote study abroad at UMSL.

The winning posters will be placed around campus. For each contest, the first through third place winners received $100, $75 and $50, respectively, toward tuition. Two students tied for second in the poster contest and each received $75.

The winning entries and honorable mentions from both contests will be displayed at Gallery Visio at UMSL through April 21, with an opening reception 4-7 p.m. today (April 7). An awards ceremony for the winners of both contests will begin at 5 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. The event is open to the public.

The photo contest winners are: first place, Paul Watkins, a graduate student in social work, for “Up In The Clouds;” second place, Jennifer Adams, a senior in English, for “El Morro Passage;” and third place, Tedan Hu, a junior in physics, for “Spice Hot Pan.”

Honorable mentions are, Maureen McCarthy, “Boat Man” and “Helping Hands;” Ekaterina Loginicheva, “The Sand of Time;” Katie Watkins, “Market Day” and “Little Sister;” Anh Ly, “Locks of Lovers;” Katherine Ross, “Kate;” Ellen Ryan Robinson, “El bello durmiente;” Diego Munoz, “Paraiso;” Rani Asmarayani, “Maninjau Hari Esok;” Katie Rynkiewich, “Plaza de Armas” and “Gateway to the Past;” Derrick Langeneckert, “Great Wall Pilgrimage at Lunar New Years;” Sterling Recker, “School Teacher” and Jennifer Adams, “Descansar” and “Last Rites.”

The winners were selected from a field of 87 entries from UMSL students, faculty and staff.

The winners of the poster contest are: first place, Megan Dwyer, senior in media studies; and second place, Nicholas Silva, senior in media studies; and Anna Gipson, senior in graphic design. The winners were selected from a field of 14 entries, all from UMSL students.

Gallery Visio is a student-run art space in 170 Millennium Student Center at UMSL’s North Campus, 1 University Blvd. in St. Louis County (63121). The gallery is committed to exhibiting art by undergraduate students and alumni at UMSL, as well as emerging artists.

Regular hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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