Vote! (For photos)

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By Joe Shearer, Photo Editor

Today is a day reserved for one of the most revered of votes in the country, quite possibly the world – but next week students will have another choice to make.
Landscapes, portraits, candid shots, places and more: Which international photo is number one?
UNO’s International Studies and Programs and Sigma Iota Rho society members are hosting the seventh-annual international photo contest, a search for the most impressive shot of the world abroad, and is open for anyone on campus to enter and vote. While time to enter photos is growing shorter (submissions need to be made by the end of Nov. 7), the polls won’t open until next week.
Voting will take place between Nov. 12 and Nov. 14, and there will be two, separate contests held – one online and the other in-person at Criss Library.
To vote online, visit the UNO Study Abroad Facebook page at facebook.com/unostudyabroad, “Like” their page and “Like” your favorite photographs. All entries will be on display in an exhibition in the Criss Library as well. A ballot box will be nearby to cast votes. The photos will remain on display through Nov. 19.
The winners will receive gift certificates from  Ponzu Sushi & Grill and Aksarben Cinema.
International Studies and Programs Manager of Community Engagement and Marketing Shane Pekny said the contest is a great way for international and non-international students to share their foreign experiences with fellow students.
“What people here in International Studies and Sigma Iota Rho wanted to do was give students who studied abroad another opportunity to share their experiences with others,” Pekny said. “And there’s no better way to do that than through photos.”
Pekny also hopes the contest sparks student interest in other cultures and opens up interest in future studying abroad.
 “For those who haven’t traveled internationally or haven’t studied abroad, it’s another way to get a sense of what the possibilities are,” Pekny said.
International Education Week runs from Nov. 12 to Nov. 16.
To make a last-minute entry, send photos to ehendrix@unomaha.edu. More information about the contest, as well as International Education Week, can be found at world.unomaha.edu/iew.

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