IEDP Student Xinyi Zhou Wins June Photo Contest

July 15, 2013 - We are pleased to announce the first monthly winner of the the inaugural Penn GSE Summer Photo Contest: Xinyi Zhou, an M.S.Ed. student in the International Educational Development Program (IEDP). As part of her studies in the IEDP program, Zhou is spending the summer interning at the Pratham-ASER Centre, an educational development non-governmental organization (NGO) in India. Zhou submitted several photos from her internship to the contest. The winning photo shows a local woman from West Delhi conducting household family surveys as part of the work of Zhou and Pratham's research team.

The surveys are part of a research project called “Leveraging Literacy for Immunization,” funded by a grant from the Gates Foundation. Zhou says the team is “working to develop effective community-based approaches to improve vaccination rates, and ultimately, enhance child health and development in India’s poor and low-literacy populations.” You can read more about Zhou's internship (and see more photos!) on her blog.

As the June winner, Zhou will receive a Penn GSE t-shirt and a framed print of her photo. Zhou’s photo will also advance to the final round of the contest, in which each of the three monthly winners will be considered for the top prize: an iPad mini. 

Penn GSE students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to submit photos of their summer activities to the contest. Entries for the month of July are due by midnight on Wednesday, July 31, and entries for the month of August are due by midnight on Saturday, August 31. More on submission guidelines and contest rules are below.    

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Penn GSE Summer Photo Contest

Penn GSE students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit photos of their summer activities to the Penn GSE Summer Photo Contest. Photos with an educational theme are preferred, but all photos are welcome and will be considered. One winner will be selected each month from June–August, and a grand prize winner will be selected in September. Monthly winners will receive a framed 11x14 print of their photo and a Penn GSE t-shirt, and the grand prize winner will receive an iPad mini! Winning photos will also be displayed at GSE's main building at 3700 Walnut Street.

Guidelines and Rules

Email photos as an attachment to by midnight on the last day of each month (June 30, July 31, or August 31) for consideration. Submissions must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Include the photographer’s name, contact information (email address and phone number), affiliation with GSE, and a 1-2 sentence description of the photo (including location) with each submission. Individuals may submit multiple photos, but each photo may only be submitted once during the contest.

Social Media

The GSE community is also encouraged to share photos of their summer work on social media. Find us on Twitter @PennGSE and on Facebook at

Photo Rights

By submitting a photo to the Penn GSE Summer Photo Contest, the photographer releases all rights to the image, including the right to disseminate, reuse, reproduce, display, alter, and derive works from the image, to the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Penn GSE will own any and all rights to photos submitted.

Good luck and happy photographing!  

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