Summer 2018

GLA Photo & Video Contests

Win up to $100 and the chance to have your photography, video or design featured on our website or catalog!

Travel can make you more creative.

There are plenty of things you'll gain from going abroad this summer: new friends, new experiences, new stories. But living in another country often comes with another benefit: It can make you more creative. Artists and thinkers have long felt the creative benefits of international travel, from Ernest Hemingway in Spain and Cuba to Maya Angelou in Ghana and Egypt. This summer, unleash your own creativity and submit your reflections, photographs and videos to our GLA student contests for a chance to win some prizes.

Three Ways to Enter:


Instagram Photo + Caption Contest

What we're looking for: Reflective, clever Instagram photo + caption entries showing how volunteering abroad has helped you see the world differently.

How has volunteering abroad helped you see the world differently? Whether you've learned to be a more responsible traveler, vowed to combine your bucket list with ways to give back or became aware of how much we can learn from visiting our global neighbors, we want to hear about it. Show us with a meaningful Instagram photo + caption, and you could be one of our three (3) winners this summer!

Prizes: Three (3) individual winners will each receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Step 1: Go on your service-learning program with GLA (Spring Break or Summer 2018).

Step 2: Creatively photograph your new friends or surroundings (make sure you're practicing cultural sensitivity!) and reflect on how service-learning has helped you see the world differently.

Step 3: Post your photo and caption on Instagram with #GLAphotocontest (hashtag required) and tag @GLAteens by August 30.

That's it; your job is done!

See Instagram Contest rules & FAQ.


Photography Contest

What we're looking for: High-quality, artistic work showing us your experience abroad.

Can you tell a story with a snapshot? Show us! What does an award-winning photograph look like? It can range from a captivating portrait of a local family to a moon-drenched mountain range to laughter captured at just the right moment. Submissions for GLA's student photo contest have gotten more and more impressive each year (sometimes, they even make it to the cover of our catalog!). This summer, we're once again looking for the best of the best.

Prizes: One (1) first-place winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. One (1) runner-up will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Step 1: Go on your service-learning program with GLA (Spring Break or Summer 2018).

Step 2: Creatively photograph your new friends or surroundings. (Be sure to do so with cultural sensitivity!) Digital photos, smartphone photos and film scan submissions are all welcome.

Step 3: Submit your entry by email to students@experiencegla.com by August 31 with the subject line Photography Contest Entry. Be sure to include your full name and which GLA program you went in on the body of the email. PLEASE attach photos to the email, and do not paste them into the body of the email.

That's it; your job is done!

See Photography Contest rules & FAQ.


Video Contest

What we're looking for: 5-minute or shorter video that creatively captures your GLA experience.

Take us on a journey. Do you have an eye for collecting amazing footage while traveling? Turn your raw videos into a 5-minute piece summing up your experience for the chance to win an Amazon gift card worth up to $100. 

Prizes: One (1) first-place winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card. One (1) runner-up will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Step 1: Go on your service-learning program with GLA (Spring Break or Summer 2018).

Step 2: Gather footage of your new friends or surroundings. (Be sure to do so with cultural sensitivity!)

Step 3: Edit your video and upload the final, 5-minute or shorter version to your own YouTube channel. Please title it as follows: GLA + Program Name + by Your Name (Example: GLA Fiji: Children of the South Pacific by James Peters)

Step 4: Submit the link to your video on YouTube by email to students@experiencegla.com by August 31 with the subject line Video Contest Entry. Be sure to include your full name and which GLA program you went in on the body of the email. PLEASE DO NOT submit your video file itself in the email or as an attachment; only YouTube video links will be accepted.

See Video Contest rules & FAQ.


Post guidelines, rules and winner selection criteria

Instagram Photo + Caption Contest - FAQ

  • Do I need to have Instagram to participate?
    Yes, and using the hashtag #GLAphotocontest is required. Sticking to one platform consolidates entries and makes our selection of winners logistically possible. You can sign up to create an Instagram account here.
  • Can I enter more than one photo?
    Yes, you may enter as many unique Instagram photo + caption entries as you'd like for each program you go on.
  • Do I have to be a 2018 GLA student to enter?
    Yes. You must be traveling on a 2018 GLA summer program or have traveled on a 2018 GLA Spring Break program to be eligible to win.
  • I'm a parent. Can I post my student's photo with the hashtag to enter it into the competition?
    This contest is for students only. Parents, encourage your students to participate!
  • When can I post my photo entry to Instagram?
    Entries may be posted to Instagram anytime this summer, between June 11 (the starting date of our first session) and August 31 (one week after the conclusion of our final session).
  • Can I post an Instagram slideshow or video entry?
    Only Instagram photo + caption entries are eligible to win prizes. This creates a smoother and more consistent process around the winner selection.
  • When and where will winners be announced?
    We'll contact all three (3) winners on Instagram via direct message this fall, and their entries will be showcased in a new article, here on our website/blog.
  • What are the criteria by which entries are selected?
    We'll be considering the originality, creativity, adherence to the theme of "see the world differently," storytelling and overall impact of each Instagram photo + caption entry. 

Anything else?

By submitting a photo to the contest, you acknowledge that you give Global Leadership Adventures and its parent organization, Terra Education, the right to use or share your photo for marketing, promotional and internal use purposes.

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Photography Contest - Rules & Guidelines

Can I enter more than one photo?

You may submit up to three photos maximum.

Do I have to be a 2018 GLA student to enter?
Yes. You must be traveling on a 2018 GLA summer program or have traveled on a 2018 GLA Spring Break program to be eligible to win.

I'm a parent. Can I submit my student's photo to enter it into the competition?
This contest is for students only. Parents, encourage your students to participate!

When and where will winners be announced?

We'll contact winners by email this fall, and their entries will be showcased in a new article, here on our website/blog.

What are the criteria by which entries are selected?
We'll be considering the originality, creativity, and overall composition of all entries.

Anything else?

By submitting a photo to the contest, you acknowledge that you give Global Leadership Adventures and its parent organization, Terra Education, the right to use or share your photo for marketing, promotional and internal use purposes.

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Video Contest - Rules & Guidelines

Do I need to have a YouTube account to participate?
Yes, you must post the video to your own account.

Can I enter more than one video?
Unfortunately, entries are limited to one YouTube video per student.

Do I have to be a 2018 GLA student to enter?
Yes. You must be traveling on a 2018 GLA summer program or have traveled on a 2018 GLA Spring Break program to be eligible to win.

I'm a parent. Can I post my student's video to enter it into the competition?
This contest is for students only. Parents, encourage your students to participate!

When can I post my video entry to YouTube?
Entries may be posted to YouTube anytime this summer, between June 11 (the starting date of our first session) and August 31 (one week after the conclusion of our final session).

When and where will winners be announced?

We'll contact winners by email this fall, and their entries will be showcased in a new article, here on our website/blog.

What are the criteria by which entries are selected?
We'll be considering the originality, creativity, and overall composition of all entries.

Anything else?

By submitting a video to the contest, you acknowledge that you give Global Leadership Adventures and its parent organization, Terra Education, the right to use or share your video for marketing, promotional and internal use purposes.

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