Stanford Global Studies students document their lives and travels

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Katherine Irajpanah, a junior studying international relations, took her award-winning photograph Grow! while studying abroad in Spain.

Undergraduate and graduate students affiliated with the Stanford Global Studies programs and centers pulled out their cameras and phones to document moments in their lives at home and abroad.

Winning photographs from the 2018 Stanford Global Studies Student Photo Contest were shot in six countries from very different vantage points: on top of Highlands Bowl in Aspen, Colorado, during a break in a snow storm; on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.; viewing the sunset from the observation deck of the Shanghai Tower in China; the foot of a mountain in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand; squatting next to a dragonfly in Greece; and capturing reflections of light in a residence hall room.

KATHERINE IRAJPANAH, a junior studying international relations, took her winning photograph by popular vote Grow! while studying abroad in Spain.

“I had the opportunity to travel one weekend to Euskal Herria, the Basque Country,” she said. “I visited Vitoria-Gasteiz and encountered a playful mix of medieval and contemporary art. Walking along a castle-like wall, I stumbled upon an alleyway with stunning contemporary murals. The one pictured here is Eskuz Esku, which means ‘hand to hand’ in Euskera, the Basque language. The mural is part of a broader project in Vitoria to promote democratic expression.”

All the winning photographs can be seen on the Stanford Arts website.