API Photo and Video Contest

Share photos and videos from your unforgettable experiences abroad, and you can win cash prizes! Submit as many photos and videos as you want across all five categories. We’ll select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category—the more times you enter, the more times you’re eligible to win! More details below!

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The more you enter, the more you can win!

Five 1st Place Winners each win


Five 2nd Place Winners each win


Five 3rd Place Winners each win


Showcase Your Unique Experiences

Submission Categories

Submit in as many categories as you like! The more you enter, the more you can win!

Students smiling in Bhutan
Hits Different In…

Is there something about your unique experiences in the U.S. that just hits different in your new city or country? This category is a great opportunity for students of all backgrounds to explore what diversity means to them at home and abroad. 


Student group with API flag

Do you spy API in your new city? Show us where you spotted the API logo in the wild, whether it’s on your T-shirt or an API flag unfurled against some fabulous backdrop. Or maybe you caught a great candid shot of your Resident Director!

Student group with API flag
API students overlooking Ireland's Cliffs of Moher
The Moment

Everyone has a moment from their study abroad experience that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. Maybe you saw a famous landmark with your own eyes for the first time, or made a new lifelong friend, or discovered a fascinating local cultural tradition. What was your Moment?

Video Shorts

Show off your video editing skills with a 15-second to 2-minute video, TikTok, or Instagram Reel highlighting the best parts of your study abroad experience. We want to see your time abroad in motion–studying with classmates, exploring your new city, and making new friends! Here’s how you can submit your video:

  • Using the entry form, submit a link to YouTube or Vimeo
  • Send the original video file to [email protected]
  • Or, better yet: Submit your video via Instagram or Tiktok. Tag @apiabroad on Instagram and @api_abroad on TikTok and use the hashtag #ISpyAPI! Make sure your IG and/or TikTok profile is public so we can view your entries.

Videos submitted on TikTok and Instagram will include a “fan favorite accelerator!” The more likes you get, the more points judges will allocate to your video, so make sure you share those videos far and wide!

Virtual student pointing at map

Did you participate in a virtual program? We want to see your virtual experience through your own eyes! Show us your study spot or your virtual learning space, or share a photo that demonstrates what you learned about yourself or the world during your program. 

Excited to Enter?

Let’s Get Started!


  1. Submit your photos using this form by December 31st, 2022. We know your camera rolls are full, so we welcome you to enter multiple categories — just submit one form per category to be eligible!
  2. We’ll choose first, second, and third place winners from each category, so the more categories you enter, the more chances you have to win!
  3. The winners will be announced in January 2023! To celebrate your amazing experiences abroad, your photos and videos could also be published on our website, featured on API Abroad social media channels, and highlighted in our eNewsletter! 
Have Questions? Email [email protected] and we’ll help you out!

Contest Rules

Please note that by submitting photos to API Abroad, participants agree to grant API Abroad license for use of the photographs in printed and digital materials, where photos may be modified, retouched, and used for promotional purposes. By agreeing to these terms, entrants are releasing all submitted photos from any liability that may arise from the use of the images. 

Review all of the Official Contest Rules here!

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Hello Alumni!

If you’re an API alumni looking to build on your life-changing experience abroad, check out our alumni resources to share your story, become an ambassador, and help prospective students start their own transformative journeys abroad!