by Pearlie M.Bowser
The first issue of Albany State University’s newspaper The Student Voice includes a photo contest featuring ASU Study Abroad students who visited China during the summers in 2012 and 2013. The digitized publication was released on Friday, Sept. 6.
“A Journey to the Dragon Nation” is the theme promoted in TheStudentVoice.org and the Study Abroad China Program at Albany State University. The goal of the contest is to attract students to the website to vote for their favorite snapshot. Five voters will win a $20 gift card, according to the publication’s editor Jerry Wright.
Prizes for winning photos are provided by Party City, the contest sponsor. The top three photos will be selected by a panel of judges and the results of online voting. Winners will receive $300, $200 and $100, respectively. The overall best photographer will be awarded $400.
Jonathan Payton is excited about the contest. Payton, a business major from Marietta, Ga. was among nine students who traveled to China this year. “I really want to go back to Xiamen,” Payton said, referring to the host city in China. “I’ve been talking to my mom about money possibilities. If I win a prize, it’s a great help. I know exactly what I need to do to take advantage of all the opportunities,” he added.
According to Dr. Jianchuan Zhou, coordinator of the China program, the photo contest not only provides the chance to share memorable experiences, but it also encourages more students to study abroad and become global citizens.
“I am a co-advisor of The Student Voice; I am also coordinator of Study Abroad China,” Zhou said, “But the two did not connect and make that click on my mind until the editors at the student paper began to ask me about China, and if they can do some project on China for the new website. When I suggested the photo idea, they were elated.”
“Many mass communication majors are now making plans to go to China next summer, including a couple of students working for The Student Voice.” Zhou added. “We hope this photo contest will tickle the minds of many other majors.”
View the student newspaper online at www.thestudentvoice.org. For more information about the contest or the publication, email inquiries to: Voiceasu03@gmail.com.