“For many of our contest participants studying abroad is more than just a fun experience, it’s the opportunity to receive a quality education, experience new cultures and potentially change their future.
Jacksonville Florida (PRWEB) December 10, 2016
InternationalStudent.com, a leading international education marketing company serving students and academic institutions worldwide, is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Travel Video Contest. Now in its 11th year, the contest requires current and aspiring international students to describe a proposed study abroad experience, or if they’re already studying abroad, a proposed trip. All entries must be submitted as a 5-minute video. Entrants can win an array of cash prizes and the overall contest winners are released each year on the final day of International Education Week.
“Every year our team at International Student is swept away by the personal challenges and stories showcased in various entries, but this year students have used the contest as a podium to call to light more global issues,” says Bryanna Davis, Marketing Manager at InternationalStudent.com. “Gender equality, climate change, genocide and the challenges that face multiracial students are among the timely topics of this year’s contest.”
To begin narrowing down this year’s 159 submissions, the staff of International Student reviewed each entry for creativity, originality and overall quality to select 14 finalists. A judging panel of 9 international educators, supporters and travelers then selected the first, second and third-place recipients from all 15 finalists, including the viewers’ choice winner.
This year’s grand prize winner is “This Magical World” by Mariana Osorio. Born in one of Mexico’s most impoverished states, Mariana narrates her video with an original song describing her journey to study music and arts in The United States. In addition to the cash prize, she will share her travel experiences and studies in the form of an ongoing blog on InternationalStudent.com.
Second place winner Siti Fatimah’s stirring video submission, “Dream, Believe, and Make It Happen” combines a playful mixture of cartoon animations, videography and personal photographs. Growing up as an orphan in Indonesia, Siti’s perseverance has led her to her goal of studying abroad and ultimately becoming an obstetrician.
Michael de Beer’s somewhat somber submission, “The Urban Archi” is this year’s third-place winner and recipient of $250. Inspired to study architecture abroad by his impoverished home of South Africa, Michael believes that people can visualize architecture as a form of hope, and aims to return home with his newfound skills and diploma to help urbanize his childhood community.
Bringing a bit of lightheartedness to the contest, Carlos Roberto González Meyer’s video, “A Couple of MBAÂ’s” is this year’s viewers’ choice winner and recipient of the $1,000 prize. Chosen by popular vote and automatically advanced as a Contest finalist, Carlos and his girlfriend energetically act out their dreams to study abroad in one of this year’s most comical entries.
“For many of our contest participants studying abroad is more than just a fun experience, it’s the opportunity to receive a quality education, experience new cultures and potentially change their future,” explains Davis. “While not everyone will have the same opportunities, our hope is that by sharing these inspiring videos, students everywhere will continue to reach for the seemingly impossible and never stop learning.”
For further information, contact Bryanna Davis at bdavis(at)envisageinternational(dot)com or visit the contest pages on the site: http://www.internationalstudent.com/contest/.
About Envisage International Corporation, the parent company of InternationalStudent.com:
Envisage International Corporation (EIC) is a leader in international education marketing, running a network of internationally recognized websites and providing unique products and services that meet the needs of students and organizations from all around the world. With focus, purely on international education, EIC provides expert solutions for international student recruiting, student loans and student health and travel insurance.