McCombs Study Abroad Photo Contest

International Programs

Global Connections 2014

Every year MBA Global Connections participants get a first-hand perspective of global markets by studying the economic, political, cultural, and social background of a specific country or region and then traveling as a class to that region to employ this knowledge by interacting with local business executives, alumni, and other MBA students.


The MGC Photo Contest showcases the exciting travels, experiences, and adventures of those MBA students while abroad on their Global Connections course in the spring of 2014.




We need your input to decide who has submitted the best photos for 2014. Please scroll through each photo and click on it for a larger image. Once you have decided on the best one click the “Vote for this Photo” link and your vote will automatically be submitted. You will only be able to vote for 2 photos.

Thank you and enjoy!


Past Contests: 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009

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The Shops Float to the Customers!

The Shops Float to the Customers!

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By Abhishek Agrawal

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | South East Asia

It was a wonderful experience to visit the floating market and buy food etc from the boats that come to you. It was a local market, unlike a any other tourist attraction. 

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So Many Options

So Many Options

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By Alex Dey

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | China

Exploring the non-tourist areas and enjoying the translations.

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Esteemed Company

Esteemed Company

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By Alex Dey

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | China

Exploring the city markets and cultural differences. Next to Mao and Yao, Snowden is hero.

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Bangkok - City of Life

Bangkok - City of Life

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By Anuj Tiwari

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | South East Asia

The panoramic view of the city from the Scarlett wine bar. I took this shot at 1:00 am on the last night of our trip. The bar was closed, however the staff was very cooperative and patiently waited for me to complete my shoot. Thanks to all of them :)

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TukTuk Cab

TukTuk Cab

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By Anuj Tiwari

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | South East Asia

I clicked this pic on our way to the Golden Temple. I asked our tuk tuk driver to smile and he gave me the mostly amicable smile. He got a kick from the fact that I am an INDIAN and my wife is an American and that we are from the USA.Thailand is the land of smiles and here is one in a million.

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Turkish Treasures in the Grand Bazaar

Turkish Treasures in the Grand Bazaar

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By Curtis Calloway

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | Turkey

This is a picture taken inside the Grand Bazaar, one of the first and largest covered market places in history. Comprised of 3000 unique vendors we stopped in for some Turkish Coffee while watching some of the 250,000 – 400,000 daily shoppers haggle with shop owners.

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Turkish Twilight

Turkish Twilight

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By Curtis Calloway

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | Turkey

This is a picture of Galata Tower in Istanbul. The stone tower was built in 1348 and stands 219 feet fall. We cought this beautiful color of the sky as we were finishing our walking tour of the old city.

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Good Morning Europe and Asia

Good Morning Europe and Asia

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By David Tobin

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | Turkey

This is a photo of the Bosporus in Istanbul, Turkey at sunrise. The Bosporus (The Istanbul Strait) in the Sea of Marmara forms the boundary between Europe and Asia, both of which can be seen in the photo. 

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Hands off Ukraine

Hands off Ukraine

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By David Tobin

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | Turkey

A group of 300+ Turkish citizens identifying themselves as Crimean Tartars staged a demonstration in Turkey outside of the Russian Consulate on Istiklal Street in Istanbul, which happened to be just a few steps away from our hotel. The protesters were fearful of the Russian annexation of Ukraine and were calling for Putin's withdrawal from the area. Riot police were deployed to protect the consulate, but allowed the Tatar leaders through the line to place a ceremonial funeral bouquet at the gate.

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A night in Bangkok & the world's yours

A night in Bangkok & the world

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By Erick Levitre

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | South East Asia

This floating market is about one and a half hours away from Bangkok located in the Amphawa District of the Samut Songkhram Province. This visit was a great way to enjoy some Thai cuisine as well as observe local culture and behavior. We spent about forty-five minutes walking around the canal of old wooden houses, sampling food, and looking at local crafts/souvenirs before getting on a boat and taking a firefly tour at night.

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The Soviet Shadow

The Soviet Shadow

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By Erik Hausmann

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | Russia

On a cold and icy day, I traipsed Gorky Park and walked under the entrance arch, a haunting visage of the iron hammer and sickle nestled above a cornucopia of fruit etched in stone. As I stood in its ominous shadow, with the sun setting slowly behind, I could not help but get a glimpse of a once mighty Soviet empire gripping Eastern Europe, yet raining blessings down on the Moscow proletariat. As I stood under that shadow, I wondered if Ukraine and Western Europe also felt that heavy shadow as it lay under an uneasy occupation foreshadowing another Soviet winter.

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Starting Over

Starting Over

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By Erik Hausmann

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | Russia

As I walked out of the startup incubator nestled in the broken down suburbs, the Russian snow fluttered down heavily on my face. I considered the seeds of new life springing up in a Russia that has long been challenged with difficulty and frozen in time. This building, next door to the startup incubator, had deep scars and a broken down truck that indicated its battered past, but hoped for a new future. The man, standing in the doorway lighting his cigarette could be anyone or could be the next man that paves the new way for an old Russia. I didn’t know that day, but the future may hold a new story.

13

West Meets East

West Meets East

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By Howard Shin

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | China

People in Suzhou don't come across westerners very often. These women were local tourists in their own country and were wearing traditional attires to get their own pictures taken. Matt, Carlos, and Alex thought it was a perfect opportunity to get their own picture taken with them. The women loved it.

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Quiet After the Storm

Quiet After the Storm

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By Howard Shin

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | China

When the sun was settling, there was a strange calm about this moment. You can see the guard on the bottom left corner and a couple of locals in the midst of the large structures and red flags that show the power of the Chinese government. It was strange to think that not too long ago, there was bloodshed in this square for pro-democracy.

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Posing for the Tourists

Posing for the Tourists

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By Jeff Dawson

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | South Africa


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Three Americans & Two Moscow Icons

Three Americans & Two Moscow Icons

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By Jon Garshick

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | Russia

We took this picture walking back to our hotel after a night out in Moscow that started off with a sushi dinner, drinking vodka, and smoking hookah at a bar called Standard, and ended with taking over the dance floor at a nightclub called Propaganda. The streets were empty because it was about 2 am, and as we were crossing the Moscow River we knew that we had to take a picture to capture the moment. Following this picture, the three of us and five others went to a 24-hour American-style diner two blocks from the Kremlin for late night food, which was the perfect cap to our last night in Moscow.

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Dancing with African

Dancing with African

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By Lizy Stewart

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | South Africa

Experienced wonderful African Zulu dance. A very happy meal.

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"Which show shall I pick?"

"Which show shall I pick?"

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By Lizy Stewart

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | South Africa

We visited waves 4 change, a non profit organization teach African kids surfing. They also teach kids leadership and may other important skills in developing life-changing relationships with W4C students. We enjoyed the "run for shoes" game there. In this game, x participants will run to get x-2 shoes. 2 participants will not be out of game whoever do not have shoes at the end of the run. We had so much fun.

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Brothers in Arms

Brothers in Arms

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By Michael Wolman

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | South Africa

On the third day of our trip, we ventured outside Cape Town to spend the afternoon with Waves for Change, a nonprofit organization that empowers children from the impoverished local townships through afterschool surfing programs. I was inspired both by the organization’s “homegrown” leaders, many of whom had participated in the program themselves, and by the kids, who enjoyed themselves so much despite enduring difficult lives most of the other hours of the week. The kids also got along extremely well and formed tight friendships through the program, as you can see here.

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Fleet on Foot

Fleet on Foot

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By Michael Wolman

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | South Africa

Before spending one afternoon with Waves for Change, a nonprofit organization that empowers children from the impoverished townships through afterschool surfing programs, our group got the opportunity to [ahem] get our own feet wet, receiving a free surfing lesson from some Waves for Change instructors. Here is the first [ahem] wave of brave souls, heading out to sea like an armada launching from port.

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Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions

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By Peter Small

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | South East Asia

After a visit to Bangkok's Grand Palace a group visited Khao San Road for some food and drink.  Colby "Iron Stomach" Young fueled up with a tasty scorpion.

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St. Basil's and the Kremlin

St. Basil

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By Shane Rehm

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | Russia

A photo of the One of the Kremlin towers and St. Basil's Cathedral taken at 4 AM, during a hail storm.

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Russia Trip Title Shot

Russia Trip Title Shot

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By Shane Rehm

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | Russia

A picture of Red Square, blanketed in just enough snow for writing.

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The City That Never Ends

The City That Never Ends

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By Sushil Vundavalli

McCombs Global Connections, 2014 | South East Asia

A group of us ventured out to find the best street food in the slums of Jakarta and wondered how far the city stretches. There was only one way to find out. Go to the top of the tallest building in the city to see for ourselves.