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See the winners of the 2017 Study Abroad Photo Challenge

The University of Guelph-Humber’s Study Abroad program whisks students around the globe to learn about new cultures, histories and people. This year, the students documented their trips along the way and submitted more than 50 eye-catching photographs of their adventures as part of the 2017 Study Abroad Photo Challenge.

A winning photo was selected from each trip for a $50 prize, while the grand prize winner, Xheni Lila, took home an iPad.

Lila, a fourth-year student in Early Childhood Studies, called the visit to Thailand "one of the best trips of my life," with highlights including being blessed by a monk in Chiang Mai and visiting Phi Phi Islands. The winning photo was taken in Phuket during one of the group's last nights in Thailand.

"I love palm trees and the sunset was so beautiful, I just had to take a picture," Lila said. "It wasn't until after the picture was taken I realized there was a couple in the picture."

Here are the winners of the 2017 Study Abroad Photo Challenge.  

Grand Prize Winner 
Thailand trip, photo by Xheni LilaXheni Lila, Thailand trip

Ecuador trip, photo by Ashley Brown Ashley Brown, Ecuador trip

England and Iceland trip, photo by Tia FernandezTia Fernandez, England and Iceland trip

France trip, photo by Naba SeedNaba Seed, France trip

Germany trip, photo by Angela Crljen
Angela Crljen, Germany trip

Ireland trip, photo by Yushi Shang
Yushi Shang, Ireland trip

Japan trip, photo by Cristina de IuliisCristina de Iuliis, Japan trip

Moosonee trip, photo by Melissa Gendron
Melissa Gendron, Moosonee

New Zealand trip, photo by Kawseika Sivapalaen
Kawseika Sivapalaen, New Zealand trip

Portugal trip, photo by Ashima Sagoo
Ashima Sagoo, Portugal trip

Vienna trip, photo by Warren Schlote
Warren Schlote, Vienna trip