The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Photos: Through the eyes of alumni

Ohio State alumni took these stunning photos for the Office of International Affairs’ 2015 photo exhibition, which drew great images from students and faculty, too.

A Sunny Day in Iceland

Photo Location: Landmannalaugar Hiking Trail, Iceland – June, 2015
Photographer: Christopher Watkins
Home Country: United States
University Affiliation: Alumni
Category: Places
Award: Honorable Mention

In the photographer's words: "It was told to me that on a rare sunny day on the Landmannalaugar Trail you would be able to see a third of Iceland. Blythe, my hiking partner, and I were blessed with just that. On our first day on a five day trek the sky opened up allowing for a myriad of colors to come through. If you follow the trail with your eyes you will be able to see two tiny figures in distance representing how far we had already come."

Alexandra

Photo Location: Glencoe, Scotland – July, 2015
Photographer: Jessica Wright
Home Country: United States
University Affiliation: Alumni
Category: People
Award: Honorable Mention

A highlander and his tune

A highlander and his tune

In the photographer's words: "Traveling to the northern lands of the United Kingdom, through the Scottish Highlands where the hills are rolling green and landscapes wow you at every turn, I came across this bagpiper standing in his native land, wearing his native Tartan and playing his native tune."

Tibet’s Chang Tang Plain

Photo Location: Ladakh, India – June, 2015
Photographer: Lopa Basu
Home Country: India
University Affiliation: Graduate Student
Category: Places
Award: Honorable Mention

In the photographer's words: "The Changpa who raise the Pashmina goat for its ultra fine cashmere wool, live in extreme high country of Tibet’s Chang Tang Plain in elevations higher than 14,000 feet in the Ladakh Range, one of the most remote sections of the Himalayas."

Roman Sunset

Photo Location: Piazza del Popolo, Rome, Italy – October, 2014
Photographer: Jessica Wright
Home Country: United States
University Affiliation: Alumni
Category: Places
Award: 2nd Place

In the photographer's words: "Taken from atop Pincian Hill in Rome, Italy this image captures the last moment of sunset on a beautiful autumn evening in the eternal city. In the foreground lies Piazza del Popolo (the people’s square) and distinctly defined in the background is the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican."

Fire and Ice, the Glacier Lagoon

Photo Location: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland – June, 2015
Home Country: United States
University Affiliation: Alumni
Category: Places
Award: Best in Show


In the photographer's words: "As soon as we landed in Iceland we headed as far east as we could go. We ignored all the beautiful mountains and waterfalls (since we were going to backtrack anyways). However once we saw the sunset fall behind the glaciers we slammed on the breaks and decided to capture the sun rays glistening through the ice. It’s quite amazing to think that this glacier is hundreds of years old, and that over time the landscape would change for everyone."

Sisters

Photo Location: Cancun, Mexico – December, 2014
Photographer: Yan Zhang
Home Country: China
University Affiliation: Alumni
Category: People
Award: Honorable Mention

In the photographer's words: "Little girls are sitting and thinking along the street outside a church."

Town Meeting

Photo Location: Aix-en-Provence, France – 2010
Photographer: Inga Smith
Home Country: United States
University Affiliation: Alumni
Category: People
Award: Honorable Mention

In the photographer's words: "This photo depicts a typical French happening, local men gathering to discuss the day’s news, local events, etc. I took the photo because I really liked the intensity of engagement among the men and the character shown on their faces. I think it captures a way fo life that has gone on for years and years among the French."

Full gallery

Click here to view all photos featured from the exhibition, including those taken by students, faculty and staff.