McCombs Study Abroad Photo Contest

International Programs

Global Connections 2013

2013Winners

My New Tutudesk 1st Place
Claire Reid

My New Tutudesk

Nighttime Magic 2nd Place
Praveen Katta

Nighttime Magic

Lichtenstein in Sao Paulo 3rd Place
Ram Srinivasan

Lichtenstein in Sao Paulo

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 2013.

We need your input to decide who has submitted the best photos for 2013. 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 1 photo.

Thank you and enjoy!

Past Contests: 2012 2011 2010 2009

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Dentist Needed in South Africa

Dentist Needed in South Africa

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By Adam Underwood

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | South Africa

This was our first hippo siting on the safari and our last.  It wasn't until we saw its mouth that we realized the truth of about how dangerous hippos can be.

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Multi-Tasking

Multi-Tasking

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By Adam Underwood

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | South Africa

I was walking and looking at some of their caged animals when I nearly ran into this cheetah.  Luckily, I didn't interrupt the handler's texting.

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Favela Views

Favela Views

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By Alyssa Legler

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | Brazil

We spent the whole day hiking up the mountain and touring the favela. This was taken near the end of the day, when we took a break at a small shop in the favela to grab drinks. I thought it was pretty ironic that the Brazilians living in the worst slums in the city have the best views.The tallest building along the beach, with the black windows, was our hotel.

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Amigos

Amigos

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By Alyssa Legler

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | Brazil

The little guy on the left LOVED having his picture taken. We had stopped on a little plaza during our favela tour ostensibly to learn how to fly kites from some of the local kids.  This guy on the left, despite no English, started tugging on me and begging me to take his picture. He pulled his buddy in, who you can see was not so keen on the idea. When I showed them the shot on my digital camera, the boy on the left was absolutely tickled. I think I ended up taking 6 shots of this guy, because he kept asking for more-- he had lots of poses to try.

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A Blazing Corcovado Sunset

A Blazing Corcovado Sunset

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By Arun Ram

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | Brazil

This picture was taken from Sugarloaf Mountain at a height of 1,300 feet overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The journey to this location included two cable car rides and a short trek to the location which overlooked the city.  The sun coming down over the city was breathtaking as it slowly set with the most famous landmark in Brazil in the foreground.  Brazil is a country in transition – fittingly this picture shows all three facets of its existence:  The natural beauty the country is known for (mountains, forests, and the sun), the religion and spirituality in the country (Christ the Redeemer), and finally its advancement to a developed country (the many cell and communications towers to the right).  All in all, the experience of taking this picture made me appreciate the beauty of nature and the ability of man to do impressive things.

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Supon Ponders Next Challenge

Supon Ponders Next Challenge

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By Bryan Casey

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | Israel

After climbing for more than hour and ascending from 0 to 1,600 meters, the reward was this unobstructed spectacular view over the mountains of Jordan. Sean Supon stands on a protruding edge of the mountain and ponders the decisions that he has made in his life thus far.

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Aquaman's Fruitless Efforts to Fly

Aquaman

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By Bryan Casey

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | Israel

Jay Combs is seen here doing his best Dead Sea floating pose. Among Dead Sea floaters, the “Superman” is known as an advanced pose as it requires the participant to keep his head and arms above the bitter water (which will burn the delicate skin of the face on contact). The Israeli flag can be seen flying in front of the mountains of the Jordanian coast in the distance, demonstrating the proximity of the countries.

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I Believe I Can Fly

I Believe I Can Fly

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By Carlos Hill

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | Brazil

I sat at the top of the cliff for 55 minutes until the wind was safe enough for participants to jump off. As I sat 3 meters away from the cliff, I thought about all the possibilities of my trip. I am certainly an adrenaline seeker who likes to live life on the edge. I've had a good life up to this point, so whatever happens...happens. 3...2...1...run! Although I only did one practice run with the professional host, every take off procedure went according to plan. Yahoo! I was gliding immediately after running off the cliff in order to enjoy the beautify view & scenario of Rio de Janeiro

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King of the Bush

King of the Bush

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By Caroline Kolb

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | South Africa

This photo was taken on one of our sunset safari tours.  I like the juxtaposition of the sun rays in the background, the golden prairie-like bush in the middleground, and the resting lion in the foreground.

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Sweetest Smile

Sweetest Smile

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By Caroline Kolb

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | South Africa

On our second day in South Africa, we had the great opportunity to spend the afternoon with a non-profit called Tutudesks.  We travelled with the Tutudesks team to a school ~ 2 hours outside of Joburg and sat with the school children as the Tutu team got them excited for the gifts they were about to receive: lapdesks!  Many children in the public school systems do not have desks at home upon which to do homework, and so the lapdesks that they are provided with make an enormous difference in their learning progress.  It was a joy to be in their presence.

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Up Close and Personal

Up Close and Personal

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By Claire Reid

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | South Africa

The easiest time to spot a chameleon is at night while they are sleeping. This is precisely what happened to this little fellow. After sundown, our spotter turned on a high power light and we happened to come across this Flap-necked chameleon. He went from person to person, remaining green the entire time.

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My New Tutudesk

My New Tutudesk

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By Claire Reid

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | South Africa

On the UT McCombs Global Connections trip to South Africa, my classmates and I had the privilege of handing out lap desks to the many children at Duduza Primary School. The experience was one I will never forget. Children from PreK to 8th grade waited patiently to receive their new writing surface- one they could use in the classroom and at home.

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Patience, my darlings

Patience, my darlings

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By Dorine Serrano

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | South Africa

This photo was taken while sitting in the back of a safari truck. The family of warthogs started to cross the road and as we waited, another vehicle came from the opposite direction. In this picture, the warthogs are looking at the other vehicle waiting to see what it will do. As the mother warthog surveyed the situation with her babies awaiting direction, I got to catch this shot with the sun at a great angle showing their silhouettes.

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Out for a Stroll

Out for a Stroll

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By Dorine Serrano

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | South Africa

This photo was taken of one giraffe in a field of many. The stark color contrast of the giraffe against the sky, tree, and brush made for a great scene and I had to take advantage of the moment.

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The Rio Night

The Rio Night

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By George Liu

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | Brazil

Was taken in the Windsor Atlantica Hotel room that captured the rhythm and glow of the nightlife at Copacapanna Beach.

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Rio Glow

Rio Glow

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By George Liu

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | Brazil

Was taken atop the Sugarloaf Mountains in Rio that had a beautiful view of the sun setting over Christ the Redeemer statue.

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Kung-Fu Horns

Kung-Fu Horns

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By He Wang

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | China

During our visits in China's most historical garden city, Suzhou, the Horns found a perfect angle to show their courage and Kung-Fu skills. The winner? We'll have to ask the pillars

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How I Got Married in China

How I Got Married in China

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By He Wang

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | China

At Tong-Li, with a glimpse of Chinese wedding tradition, guys lifted the bride's sedan Chair to help Britney get to her groom.

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Interesting Monotony

Interesting Monotony

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By Ishtmeet Singh

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | India

Agra fort is a 16th century World Heritage monument that served as a primary residence for Mughal rulers. The fort has various palaces, audience halls and mosques that embodied elements of both Islamic and Hindu architecture. The beautiful detail in each component of this building showed the appreciation for detail in those days. This photo was taken from a high platform and shows the interesting pattern created by a repetitive element (eave support in this case), that would otherwise be monotonous, had these beautiful details not been added.

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Heritage Home

Heritage Home

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By Ishtmeet Singh

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | India

Humayan’s Tomb, a world heritage site, is among the oldest Persian influence monuments in India. Built in the mid-16th century, this monument was a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Outside the Humayun tomb are a lot of very old trees that are home to many birds. I was walking past one of these trees and noticed a parrot resting in the tree. The peculiar round hole in the tree which this parrot used like a window, custom made for the size of its neck, looked very amazing to me. It was as if the parrot had inherited this customized home from nature. Or rather a reminder that nature has created opportunities for each one of us, we just have to find them!

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The Muffadal Revolution

The Muffadal Revolution

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By Jason Ferrell

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | China

Muffadal pauses for a moment of reflection once reaching the top pavilion of the Jingshan Park

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Communism For Sale

Communism For Sale

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By Jason Ferrell

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | China

Dozens of entrepreneurs approach for a deal after an afternoon tour of Tiananmen Square

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View From the Top

View From the Top

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By Kathleen McCloskey

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | South Africa

This giraffe was happily accepting leafy branches from her new MBA friends until me and my camera seemed more interesting. She walked right over to get a closer look.

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Not Your Average Longhorn

Not Your Average Longhorn

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By Kathleen McCloskey

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | South Africa

Three Oryx Besia pose in the plain while a fourth hides in the tall grass. They are a species of antelope with straight horns that grow up to three feet, but they're considerably smaller than Bevo!

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Girl Talk

Girl Talk

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By Kristin Wilcox

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | India

After learning about all of the amazing trades these girls were being trained in (such as welding, agriculture, health, and more), we had free time to play outside.  Most of the boys were playing soccer, cricket, and volleyball, but this group of girls wanted to chat.  Best part was they didn't speak English and we didn't speak their native language.  We sang songs for each other, they gave us candy, we taught them how to "hook 'em".  We spent an hour giggling and laughing....like school girls :)

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Baby Elephant Shows Off

Baby Elephant Shows Off

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By Leslie Pazan

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | South Africa

My "must see" animal on the safari was a baby elephant. Our driver found us a pack of 6+ elephants, including two or three baby elephants. This baby elephant in particular put on a show for us in the truck, and I swear it looks like he was smiling. It was definitely a highlight of the safari for me!

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Welcome Dance for UT

Welcome Dance for UT

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By Leslie Pazan

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | South Africa

During our school site visit for the Tutudesk presentation, we were welcomed by a large group of dancing children. Their energy and excitement was contagious. You could tell these girls in the picture were working so hard to get the dance steps right, and they did a great job. It was a wonderful experience.

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Petra

Petra

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By Michael Saclarides

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | Israel

Al Khazneh "The Treasury" at the ancient Jordanian city of Petra

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McCombs and the Last Crusade

McCombs and the Last Crusade

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By Michael Saclarides

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | Israel

Sitting in the doorway of Ad Deir "The Monastery" at Petra

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Rio & UT - 2 Forces Unite!

Rio & UT - 2 Forces Unite!

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By Praveen Katta

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | Brazil

What better way to start our global trip than with a warm welcome to Rio de Janeiro.  Our first day started with a visit to Corcovado Mountain to the Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the “new 7 wonders of the world”.  The statue welcomes visitors to Rio from all over the world with open arms – I decided UT needed to reciprocate that welcome.  Overlooking Rio de Janeiro, we were able to see a panoramic and picturesque view of the city we were to explore over the next 5 days.

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Nighttime Magic

Nighttime Magic

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By Praveen Katta

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | Brazil

A couple of us traveled to Sugarloaf Mountain around sunset to see what Rio really looks like at night.  What we saw was magical – the red hue of the sky over Rio, the Christ the Redeemer statue brightly lit atop of Corcovado Mountain, and the lights on the waterfront drawing in a throng of boats.

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Mosaic of Kippa's

Mosaic of Kippa

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By Raghav Maheshwari

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | Israel

I found this colorful mosaic at a lively pedestrian market of Jerusalem on our first day in Israel. An elderly Jewish man displayed his creations outside his shop which he rightfully calls “Kippa man”.

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Hamsa says "talk to the hand"

Hamsa says "talk to the hand"

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By Raghav Maheshwari

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | Israel

Muslims call it “hand of Fatima”, Christians call it “hand of Mary”, and Jews call it “hand of Miriam”.. This symbol (of a hand) has a mysterious past dating to before beginning of Islam, Christianity and Judaism. A popular wall ornament in the Middle-East, Hamsa protects you from the “evil eye”.

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Lichtenstein in Sao Paulo

Lichtenstein in Sao Paulo

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By Ram Srinivasan

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | Brazil

The graffiti and street art in Brazil is fantastic. It's colorful, imaginative, and even interactive in some cases. Professor Kelm was taking a few of us to the Luz Station towards the end of our first day in Sao Paulo. On our way, I was struck by this giant blowup of a work by Roy Lichtenstein. How 1950's American pop art found its way to the side of an old apartment building in Sao Paulo is beyond me, but it definitely made the walk much more enjoyable.

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Room With a View

Room With a View

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By Ram Srinivasan

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | Brazil

On our second day in Rio, our class took a tour through the favela in Cantagalo. It was an informative, humbling, and also enjoyable tour that most visitors don't take the chance to experience. It also afforded some of the best views in Rio. In this case, the open window literally framed the shot itself.

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Longhorns Chasing Longhorns

Longhorns Chasing Longhorns

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By Kristin Wilcox

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | India

We were sitting on a beach in Goa, India, waiting for the sunset, when a herd of cows appeared and were running down the beach.  Everyone immediately jumped up and put up their horns.  I couldn't get the camera out fast enough so the group kept running with the cows until I could snap this shot!

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Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler

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By Ricardo Ybarra

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | South Africa

We were wrapping up our third safari drive on the Tuesday of our second week there. For the most part we were pretty happy with the sights of the drive having seen rhinos, giraffes, zebras, and lions. As we drove back to our lodge under a star-spattered sky at 60 km/hr, the ranger made a sudden stop and disappeared into the bush, machete in hand. With confused faces and hints of concern, we strained our necks to get a better look of the ranger’s disappearing silhouette. He stretched for a high branch of a tree, let out a few cuss words in Afrikaans and finally cupped his hands to enclose whatever creature he had captured. In wide-eyed wonderment, we looked closely at the chameleon he had brought back. While we had seen all sorts of large game that day, it was especially fascinating to view an animal so close, to study its features, and even to hold it and provide a medium for its movement. Sometimes, it really is the little things that have the most profound effect.

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Longhorns Lend A Hand

Longhorns Lend A Hand

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By Rodrigo De La Garza

McCombs Global Connections , 2013 | India

These kids are sponsored by the non-profit organization Lend-A-Hand India. It was overwhelming how eager these kids are in educating themselves to become future leaders. This school is in an extreme poor area but thanks to Lend-A-Hand India they have better professors, facilities and access to training programs in agriculture, mechanics, sowing, among others.

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Yellow Lightning

Yellow Lightning

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By Rohan John

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | South Africa

Eddie the Cheetah – after he took a swipe at Phil Kerr. It took us a while to summon up the nerve to get close again.

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Pure Joy

Pure Joy

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By Rohan John

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | South Africa

The sheer joy and innocence in these kids’ faces is something that brought back memories of warm summers and childhood friends – of times when things like grades and recruiting meant nothing – and the days were measured in terms of schoolyard games played.

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Acts of Faith

Acts of Faith

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By Saurabh Thakur

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | Israel

I saw the elderly lady standing with the Torah in her hand, almost attached to her lips, while she whispered the revelations in the dark tunnels of the western wall. Her body was moving in sync with her prayers, while the “western stone” (largest contiguous stone in the western wall) stood in front of her ... unmoved for more than 2000 years. I wanted to capture her faith without disturbing her. Using a flash was out of question and all I had was a dim lit bulb in a corner.....so I took a leap of faith..... with my photography.

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Levitating Tree and Psychokinetic Girl

Levitating Tree and Psychokinetic Girl

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By Saurabh Thakur

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | Israel

This “Floating Orange Tree” is a work of an Israeli artist Ran Morin, installed in 1993.  Morin’s creation highlights the increasing separation between man and nature, as "creatures that grow in containers." As I turned a corner in the Arab quarters of the Old Jaffa, I could see that a tree’s branches were growing beyond the arched gateway of the street and I followed them to this spot. Almost magically, this beautiful Orange tree appeared....hanging in the air in this alley. I was mesmerized by the tree but the expression on the little girl’s face upon seeing the tree is priceless!

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Venice of the East

Venice of the East

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By Shawn Schmidt

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | China

I took this photo while crusing the canals of Tongli, a 1,000 year old ancient water town, on a human powered wooden boat, enjoying the weather and a "bing pijiu" ("cold beer").

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Chinatown in China

Chinatown in China

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By Shawn Schmidt

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | China

Located around the corner from our hotel, this "old city" shopping mart was where many of my classmates received their first real-world negotiating experience.  While the girls shopped for pearls and jade in this somewhat hidden second-floor shop our tour guide led us to, I looked for a vantage point to capture the crowd below.

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Frozen Soldier

Frozen Soldier

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By Taesuk Chung

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | China

When we visit Beijing, there was government conference. So there were a lot of police and military people. They looked very serious without any movement and facial expression.

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Science!

Science!

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By Trey Kerrigan

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | India

We were visiting the school to see the Lend-A-Hand program in action. This program partners with schools in rural India to teach vocational skills. One day a week, local professionals come to the school and teach the children in demand skills such as welding, electrical work, and farming. The girls in this photo have been studying nursing and are typing the blood of a brave McCombs student. It was inspiring to see children so excited about learning. We will be running a fund raiser for the program this month.

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How About A Hug!

How About A Hug!

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By Trey Kerrigan

McCombs Global Connections, 2013 | India

After a lengthy bus ride through the winding interior roads of Kerala, we arrived at the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The Elephant Rehabilitation center was the highlight of our visit to this picturesque area. Most of the elephants at the center were previously domesticated and are now unable to live in the wild on their own. The center attempts to re-integrate them into their natural habitat, or, failing that, the it gives them a home. The center also offers the occasional tourist a rare chance to feed, ride, and even get a hug from an elephant.