The Clayton State University Study Abroad Program has announced the winners of its 2011 Study Abroad Photo Contest. Since 2010, the Office of International Programs at Clayton State has sponsored a Study Abroad Photo Competition for its returning students. All photographs were taken by Clayton State students, currently enrolled at Clayton State, and engaged in study, research, and life-changing experiences abroad. The contest was open to all study abroad students. The theme of the 2011 Photo Contest was “Viewing the World Through My Eyes.” In this competition, approximately 240 students, faculty, and staff voted to determine the top 2011 winners. Creative entries were judged on photographer’s ability to communicate a cross-cultural experience. A winner and two runners up were selected among all participants and awarded for their creativity. The first place winner, Carol Odom (Riverdale), received a $100 cash prize and winning entries are displayed at various locations on campus throughout the school year. The runners up were Leslie Gilmartin and Shannon Griffin. To view the complete list of Clayton State’s study abroad locations for “2012”, please visit the International Programs website at http://adminservices.clayton.edu/oip/#. A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta. Winner – “Blarney Castle” by Carol Odom European Council trip to Cork, Ireland This was a particularly nice, sunny day in Ireland and I wanted to capture part of the castle as I headed to the entrance and up to the Blarney stone. Runner up – “Serenity of Costa Rica” by Leslie Gilmartin Monteverde, Costa Rica Sitting on the bridge in Costa Rica enjoying the serenity of friends and the environment of the forest and whitewater rapid beneath. Runner up – “Boys to Men” by Shannon Griffin Istanbul, Turkey This young boy was all dressed up for a circumcision ceremony.