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Beyond the tourist shot

Barry McNamara
Top: Monmouth College senior Ben Morrow is pictured with Kari Painter, owner of Monmouth’s Far & Near Travel Agency, who sponsored a $25 top prize for MC’s off-campus photo contest. Below: Morrow's winning photo
Ten photographs by Monmouth College students were entered in the third annual Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) Off-Campus Study Photo Contest, including three which took honors in a recent campus contest.

Senior Ben Morrow of East Peoria took the top two photos while studying in India. His winning entry was titled “The Space Between,” while “You Don’t Know Where You’re Going, Unless You Know Where You’ve Been” was ranked second. For taking the winning photo from Monmouth’s group of entries, Morrow received a $25 prize from Monmouth’s Far & Near Travel Agency.
Morrow’s second-place shot was actually ranked higher at the ACM contest, where it earned honorable mention.

John Callebert, a senior from Des Plaines, took the third-place MC photo, titled “An Afternoon on the Grand Canal,” while studying off-campus in Italy.

The other seven entries that will be sent to the ACM contest include “A View of Firenze” and “The Venice Way” by senior Anna Bradac of Batavia; “Looking Up At Eiffel Tower” and “Pigeon at Colosseum” by senior Amanda Lehmann of Tinley Park; “Freedom” by senior Rhett Standard of Monmouth; and “San Domenico” and “A Sunday Afternoon in Piazza Grande” by Callebert.

First held in conjunction with the ACM’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2008, the contest awards 10 cash prizes, and the winning photographs, together with a selection of honorable mentions, will tour the ACM’s 14 campuses from January through April. All of the winning and honorable mention photographs will be displayed at

Judges selected first, second and third prize winners and designated them in each of the following three categories: people, stories and artistry. They looked for photos that go beyond the typical tourist shot. Photos that demonstrate cross-cultural learning – a student actively engaged with the local culture instead of just observing – and photos that illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of liberal arts education were favored.

ACM colleges have been pioneers in off-campus study and have collaborated since the early 1960s to provide distinctive liberal arts off-campus study opportunities in the U.S. and around the world.