Exchange Matters / March 1, 2018

2018 Photo Contest

We know our Network just loves to take pictures! Click through to see this year’s winners. These photos were recognized for capturing the power and impact of the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and demonstrating that citizen diplomacy and international exchange are key tools in building a more peaceful, prosperous world.

First Place Winner: “Milwaukee Summer”
Photo by: Jonathan Christ, International Visitor Interpreter/Liaison

Participants from Swaziland, Romania, Morocco, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Haiti enjoy the music and festivities outside the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee on a summer evening.

Second Place Winner: “Blowing Dandelions Seeds & Building Bridges”
Photo by: Felecia Maxfield-Barrett, Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

Blowing dandelion seeds is a global concept. International Visitor Mona Sheth, India, is sharing a moment with a home host child, making wishes and sending them off into the breeze.

Third Place Winner: “Secret Snacktime Diplomacy”
Photo by: Brittany Lynk, International Visitors Liaison

Nothing tastes sweeter than a snacktime secret as Martine from Malta chit chats with a refugee Bhutanese kindergartener at Heart House in Dallas.