2018 Roos Abroad Photo Contest Finalists

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the photographs UMKC students brought back from studying abroad during the 2017-2018 academic year speaks volumes about their life-changing experiences. First and second place finalists were selected by a panel of judges in each of the four categories; Landscapes, Portraits, Cross-Cultural Moments, and Roo Pride. First place finalists won a $75 Amazon gift card and second place finalists won a $25 Amazon gift card. See the full contest guidelines for details.

Browse all photo contest submissions on the 2018 Roos Abroad Photo Contest Pinterest board. Thanks to everyone who participated!



First Place: Madison Gavornik

Made Pragueress in the Southern Bohemia region by Czechin’ out Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic.

Tied for Second Place: Odundo Sidigu

A view from Pucará de Tilcara, the Incan fortress in Northern Argentina.

Tied Second Place: Hannah-Kaye Carter

A view of sunset from Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa



First Place: Elizabeth Burks

Llama snacking on the grass at the Incan ruins of Ollantaytambo, Peru.

Tied for Second Place: Julie Jeong

Taken in at Las Cataratas del Iguazú in Argentina while participating in the Faculty-Led UMKC Spanish Language Summer in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Tied for Second Place: Stephanie Kent

This is Donut, the two-toed sloth. We met this cutie at a wildlife refuge in Quepos, Costa Rica. Unfortunately Donut was electrocuted on a power line and lost the ability to use his back legs. However, the team at the refuge are working hard to hopefully get his legs working again. At the refuge, a team of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, wildlife biologists and tons of volunteers work to rehabilitate and release Costa Rican wildlife back into the wild at Manuel Antonio National Park. I learned so much more than just wildlife veterinary medicine here and I would not trade my time here for the world. As they say in Costa Rica, pura vida!

Cross-Cultural Moments


First Place: Samuel Nelson

Living with indigenous people in the Andes mountains was an incredibly intimate experience. Sometimes you really have to leave civilization behind to connect with what’s out there. Pictured is one of the indigenous people I stayed with in Cafayate, Argentina, putting the empanadas we made in a brick oven outside.

Second Place: Amber Litteken

Philomena, an indigenous artisan, taught me to weave a traditional tapestry on a loom in Cafayate, Argentina.

Roo Pride

First Place: Sami Thomas

8 year old boy is now a UMKC fan after getting his tooth pulled by me in Falmouth, Jamaica. He even asked to keep the cut out and of course I said yes!

Second Place: Brandon Medlock

A photo with the “Queen” on the top floor of the Shard, London’s tallest building, with an open roof overlooking the city skyline.