12th Annual Photo Contest Finalists

Meet the finalists of the Fall Photo Show sponsored by The Yale Globalist and The Yale Photography Society


Photographer: Stephanie Heung TC ’15

Title: Shadow

Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida

Category: People

A Berber man sits on a dune in the Sahara Desert. Taken in the Erg Chebhi dunes in southwestern Morocco.


Photographer: Julia Gilbert DC ’18

Hometown: Montepelier, Vermont

Category: People

Although it’s often oversimplified into a celebration of colors or a case study in misfortune, India is a hugely complex, diverse, and dynamic subcontinent. I met this girl in Pushkar, Rajasthan, just a few blocks away from streets packed with vendors selling souvenirs to foreign tourists. I don’t know her story, but I know she is growing up in a world of great contrasts and contradictions.

Photographer: Lucas Sin DC ’15

Title: Children, Tourist Attractions

Hometown: Hong Kong

Category: People

At the Taj Mahal, there’s a tremendous amount of pressure for the overly-conscious traveller to not point his lens at the main attraction. But in the rush and bustle of India, photo narratives are everywhere.


Photographer: Stephanie Adenbrooke JE ’17

TitleThinking of You

Hometown: Birkenhead, United Kingdom

Category: People

It doesn’t matter where we are in the world—there is always something (or more often someone) that draws us back to home. This photograph, taken in a chateau in France, encapsulates that you can be physically grounded in one place and have your mind across oceans, or just even down the street.


Photographer: Samantha Gardner JE ’17

Title: Charity

Hometown: Haddonfield, New Jersey

Category: People

One of the most shocking things about India is its poverty. This was taken after a religious ceremony in Varanasi embellished with speakers, flood lights, and elaborate choreography, seemingly for the benefit of tourists, who watch from boats on the Ganges. I took this photo because I was caught by the old beggar, dressed in priestly attire, who roamed around with his hand open and empty. Everyone around ignores him, and the man in front, seems to roll his eyes in annoyance.

Photographer: Semhal Tsegaye TD ’16

Title: Defiance

Hometown: Littleton, Colorado

Category: People

On July 24, 2014, following one of the deadliest days of Israel’s most recent war on Gaza, thousands of West Bank Palestinians gathered in a march from Ramallah to Jerusalem to show solidarity with Gaza. Equipped with rocks, burning tires, and fireworks, demonstrators were met with tear gas, rubber bullets, and live ammunition. For me, this image captures the energy of people who will not let their political and material disadvantages stifle their fight to exist and be sovereign.

Photographer: Elizabeth Miles JE ’17

Title: Strangers in the Night

Hometown: Parkland, Florida

Category: People

I was walking across Jubilee Bridge and was captivated by this man, who had been leaning on the railings for a while. His expression is so ambiguous, while he looks out at the Tower of London, the Eye, and all the other icons—are they part of his home, or just the pages of a guidebook made real? I couldn’t figure it out. But he seemed to be the quiet above the Thames, next to the trains rushing to Embankment station from the roaring nightlife of the South Bank. Amid the countless tourists, for whom London’s bridges are the ultimate photo opportunities, he was still and pensive.

Photographer: Sierra Conine MC ’18

Hometown:  Weston, Florida

Category: Place

My dad and I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro this past summer and this is a photo I took at one of our camps. Our porters were some of the most amazing people, and this is a picture of them after a long day of hiking in their tent. You can see the summit in the background, which we reached two days later.


 Photographer: Damian Weikum CC ’15

Hometown: Old Bridge, New Jersey

Title: Power Nap

Category: Places

This photo was taken in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur. This man was taking a quick snooze in between selling his items. He and his colleagues had their shops open nearly all day and all night.


Photographer: Lidiya Kukova ES ’17

Title: Wonder Wheel

Hometown: Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

Category: Places

This photograph was taken on July 4th, 2014. It captures one of the workers at Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel just as the ferris wheel’s cars are getting ready to stop and take in a new group of people.

Photographer: Yupei Guo BR ’17

Title: Sunset in Beijing

Hometown: Beijing, China

Category: Home

A crowd of awestruck travelers eagerly taking pictures of the sunset. I took this photo on August 14th, at Beijing Capital International Airport, minutes before my flight for the U.S. was open for boarding. While waiting for boarding, I heard exclamations of surprise and delight all around me, looked up, and saw that the entire airport was bathed in a golden luminescence. Never could I have expected that after weeks of grey and dreary skies, the smog caused by pollution disappeared on my last day in Beijing to offer the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen.

Photographer: Alexis Inguaggiato SY ’17

Title: Dad

Hometown: Alpine, New Jersey

Category: Home

I consider my family my home. My father is a very close and special presence in my life. He is obsessed with hats so when I got the chance to snap a picture of him in his favorite hat shop I loved feeling his pride as he stood in his “home” (the hat store) where he is most content.


Photographer: Selin Isguven TC ’15

Title: Fisherman’s Shadow

Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey

Category: Home

There are usually many fishermen along the Bosphorus in Istanbul, so it is not a unique sight per se, but I liked the angle of the light and how it cast a shadow on the fisherman. I also liked the clash of the line of the fishing rod with the bridge in the back. To me, it was a perfect expression of the difference between the traffic jam on the bridge—the epitome of busy city life in Istanbul—and the naivety of the act of fishing. Finally, the Bosphorus, the bridge and fishermen are quintessential elements of Istanbul so they made a harmonious composition.


Photographer: Clara Mokri TD ’18

Title: Captain Aqua-merica

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Category: Home

My cousin accidentally dropped the flag into the pool on the Fourth of July, and we thought it might be cool if we took some pictures of him swimming around with it. The patriotic nature of our flag not only reminds me of the country I call home, but because I shot this at a family event, I am fondly reminded of everyone back in Los Angeles.