McCombs Study Abroad Photo Contest

International Programs

Global Connections 2015



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 2015.



We need your input to decide who has submitted the best photos for 2015. 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: 2014

1

Lion's Commitment

Lion

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By April Asico

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | South Africa

On the brisk morning of March 18th, this majestic lion was spotted tracking his lioness and cubs across Gondwana Game Reserve. Although we held our breath as he passed us, his deep focus distracted him from our presence. In his eyes you can see his commitment to find his family has overpowered him. Nothing, people nor animals, were going to stop him and for that the beauty of this moment is magnified even more.

2

Mezuzah made from Bullet Fragments

Mezuzah made from Bullet Fragments

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By Aroon Pandya

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Israel

The Zion Gate was a major access point during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.  The gate stood up to dynamite attacks as well as repeated bullets.  The bullet casings were pulled from the wall and melted into a traditional mezuzah, a box containing prayers from the Torah usually hung in the doorway of Jewish homes.

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View of the Dead Sea

View of the Dead Sea

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By Aroon Pandya

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Israel

View of the Dead Sea and route taken by the Romans Empire during their attack of Masada.

4

Look Mom, No Hands

Look Mom, No Hands

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By Charles Bonner

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Israel

No inner tube needed. Just don't get the salt in your eye! The Dead Sea is 34% salt, compared to about 4% for a typical ocean.

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The Ancient City

The Ancient City

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By Charles Bonner

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Israel

The Muslim mosque and the ancient wall of the Jewish temple. Jerusalem is a special place to many which has placed it at the forefront of many religious struggles throughout history.

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The Western Wall

The Western Wall

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By Charles Bonner

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Israel

A beautiful and religious site that is a beacon of hope but also a symbol of the divide our world faces today.

7

A Lotus By Any Other Name

A Lotus By Any Other Name

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By Dominic Plavny

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | South East Asia

This photo is of a beautiful Pink Lotus that is in the process of blooming. It is framed against the background of hundreds of lanterns celebrating the Chinese New Year. There were many masses of beautiful flowers throughout the temple and gardens, this flower demanded attention because of its solitude.

8

Love/Texas, Close Enough!

Love/Texas, Close Enough!

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By Dominic Plavny

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | South East Asia

This photo was taken after a very nice gentleman gave us a ride from the Penang jetties to our hotel on the northern shore of Penang. During the boat ride we tried to teach the nice man how to do the Hook ‘Em Horns hand signal. Upon leaving, he offered it back to us (or at least he tried) as he bid us farewell!

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Twice is Nice

Twice is Nice

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By Dominic Plavny

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | South East Asia

This photo was taken during a solo walk through the national garden. The Cherry blossoms were just beginning to bloom in Tokyo and many visitors were clamoring for up close photos with the early bloomers. This gentleman was taking in the splendor from a distance and artfully capturing the moment on canvas.

10

Gone Fishin’

Gone Fishin’

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By Harry Sin

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | South Africa

Over a dozen Great White Sharks were spotted during a cage dive near Cape Town. Some were reported to be up to 15 feet long.

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Grind on a Halfpipe

Grind on a Halfpipe

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By Harry Sin

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | South Africa

Indigo Skate Camp provides a unique opportunity for young rural villagers to stay active and out of trouble. The camp also invites international guests to the village to learn more about Zulu culture.

12

Prospective Texas MBAs

Prospective Texas MBAs

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By Harry Sin

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | South Africa

Children at the Thanda (which means “love” in Zulu) After-School program enjoying their afternoon and showing some Texas pride.

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"The one that got away"

"The one that got away"

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By Jared Vuu

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Ghana

After exploring the Cape Coast Castle and taking in all the profound historical events at the site, the tour ends at the "door of no return". Once marked as the point where slaves left the castle to be shipped overseas, now sit local fishermen. Most fishermen in the area use rustic fishing equipment and this is a picture of one repairing his net.

14

Cheetah Brothers

Cheetah Brothers

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By Jasmine Blackman

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | South Africa

On our game drive we stumbled upon these 2 beautiful cheetah brothers. The story we were told about them is that their sister was killed by a lion a couple years ago and ever since then they stick together like glue. They eat together, sleep together, hunt together, etc, they are always together.

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Giraffe’s on the Sunset Horizon

Giraffe’s on the Sunset Horizon

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By Jasmine Blackman

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | South Africa

We were watching giraffes path our cross against the most beautiful sunset, it was breathtaking.

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Who the Boss Is!

Who the Boss Is!

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By Jasmine Blackman

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | South Africa

The male lion was sitting down relaxing... we saw a female lion start to walk towards him and as she approached she swatted at him which caused him to jump up in fear.... it was pretty amazing and funny!

 

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Changing the World… Tomorrow

Changing the World… Tomorrow

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By Jordan McGhee

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | South East Asia

After a great morning visiting a Dell Computer Assembly Plant, MBAs relax in the pool enjoying the views of the bay and mainland Malaysia in the distance.

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Jerusalem City View

Jerusalem City View

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By Katherine Jenson

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Israel

This was taken from a hilltop while visiting Old Jerusalem.

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Old Jerusalem and the Wailing Wall

Old Jerusalem and the Wailing Wall

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By Katherine Jenson

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Israel

This was taken in the Old City.  On the right you can see the Wailing Wall where we were able to put our wishes.

20

Petra Camels

Petra Camels

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By Katherine Jenson

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Israel

During the first weekend, several of us took a trip to Jordan to go to Petra and stayed at a Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum. This was taken in front of some of the old buildings of Petra.

21

Nap

Nap

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By Keiko Akashi

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Columbia

This picture was taken at a stop in Guatape a few miles from El Penol, our destination. At the El Penol it takes 750 steps to walk up to the top and take in the beautiful surrounding views.

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Steering Colors

Steering Colors

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By Keiko Akashi

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Columbia

Our group took Jeep Willy rides to Finlandia where we ate lunch. On our way the jeep driver passed through narrow streets like this. It looked unreal from behind the windshield. It was like being on a Disney ride watching a screen.

23

A 2000 Year Old Smoking Gun

A 2000 Year Old Smoking Gun

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By Kipp Cummins

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Israel

The holiest site for Jews (the Western Wall) sits in the shadow of the third holiest site for Muslims (Dome of the Rock) and shows why conflict is ever-present in this very important site.  Our group came upon this view at the same time that a couple from New York had just gotten engaged.

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Judaism meets Islam in Southern Israel

Judaism meets Islam in Southern Israel

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By Kipp Cummins

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Israel

Jordan on the left, standing in Israel, with Egypt on the right.  Here on the northern tip of the Red Sea is where some friends and I returned from Petra in Jordan to enjoy a beer on the beach.

25

Wine Gladdens the Soul

Wine Gladdens the Soul

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By Kipp Cummins

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Israel

The patriarch at the restaurant we ate at on our first night makes his own kosher wine and swears that wine gladdens the soul!!!

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Chinese New Year in Penang

Chinese New Year in Penang

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By Lis Reed

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | South East Asia

Our group spent the afternoon visiting the Buddhist temple at Penang Hill. The Chinese New Year had recently been celebrated and the lanterns were still up.

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Interrupting Lunch

Interrupting Lunch

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By Lis Reed

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | South East Asia

Our group spent the afternoon visiting Batu Caves in KL and ran into about 50 monkeys on the steps leading up to the caves. I’ve never been so close to a wild animal in my life. Clearly I interrupted lunch.

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Tranquility at Dusk

Tranquility at Dusk

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By Lis Reed

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | South East Asia

We enjoyed watching the sun set below the ocean after a great day of touring the city. Malaysia is an amazing place.

29

Forbidden Roofers

Forbidden Roofers

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By Missy Fiesler

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | China Real Estate

We toured the Forbidden Palace in Beijing - and had learned that the number of animals on the corners of the different building roofs indicate the importance of the building.  This building is one of the most important in all of the palace - and would be the location of the Emperor's important ceremonies.

30

Night Cruising in Pudong

Night Cruising in Pudong

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By Missy Fiesler

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | China Real Estate

Our class took a night boat tour of the Huangpu river and got to see the splendor of the Shanghai lights.  Supposedly $2M USD is spent a night on powering the lights.

31

Shanghai Penthouse

Shanghai Penthouse

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By Missy Fiesler

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | China Real Estate

As a class we visited a China Vanke property, a residential developer in China.  This was their $50M USD penthouse overlooking the Huangpu River.  This photo magically captured not only some of my CRE classmates, but also the window washers!

32

View from the Bar

View from the Bar

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By Neel Patel

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | South East Asia

At the bar with hanging with fellow longhorns, looking out at an unbelievable view of a rapidly developing city with so much potential…pretty much sums up business in a global setting.

33

Columns Near Qutub Minar

Columns Near Qutub Minar

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By Ofir Fatal

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | India

I liked this shot because of the interplay of shadows and red stone used in construction of the columns. I was especially happy to have the Indian woman walking through with traditional garb.

34

Most Wonderful GRA Ever!!

Most Wonderful GRA Ever!!

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By Ofir Fatal

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | India

While waiting for the company presentation to begin, we were enjoying our hosts’ hospitality and I was messing with my phone’s different camera modes. I got this excellent shot of Anshu with a natural smile. Coach was randomly cropped into the photo because my phone likes him, apparently.

35

Dream Catchers

Dream Catchers

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By Payal Bhatia

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Ghana

Fishermen hard at work weaving their nets to catch dreams along the way.

36

Enigma

Enigma

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By Payal Bhatia

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Colombia

A mystery box at the Museo de Colombia filled with treasures from the past.

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Fruits of Labor

Fruits of Labor

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By Payal Bhatia

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Colombia

A coffee farmer looks proud with the fruits of his labor.

38

Long Road Home

Long Road Home

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By Payal Bhatia

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Ghana

Spotted a child’s slippers outside her home at the Village of Hope orphanage in Ghana. The broken and mismatched slippers are indicative of the struggles of many kids around the world.

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Rumination

Rumination

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By Payal Bhatia

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Ghana

Reflecting on the meaning of freedom while looking out from a slave castle dungeon in Cape Coast.

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Silver Lining

Silver Lining

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By Payal Bhatia

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Colombia

The light shining in a dark corner provides reassurance and hope for a better future.

41

Extravagant Hotel

Extravagant Hotel

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By Peter Andrews

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | China Energy

I have a company that has products manufactured in China, and luckily myself and Jeremy Putz were able to visit one of the factories in Jiangyin because it was close to one of our company visits. Jiangyin was a bit of a creepy place, much different than the rest of China. We were told it was the richest city in China, and that it was basically a city set up to show how great the communist model could be. After the factory visit, we were taken to dinner at this crazy extravagant hotel. It was the only tall building in sight and was about 90 stories high. By far the most extravagant hotel I have ever seen.

42

Shanghai at Night

Shanghai at Night

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By Peter Andrews

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | China Energy

Our first stop was in Shanghai, and this picture captured the incredible lights of the city at night. 

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I Spy with My Little Eye…

I Spy with My Little Eye…

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By Poonam Ruby Prasad

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Colombia

Look too fast and you may miss it entirely! The resident parrot at our finca takes a break from reciting phrases we've thrown its way. Colombia alone is home to almost 2,000 species of birds; this particular one finds itself nesting in one of over 130,000 species of plants found in the country.

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Mountain High, Valley Low

Mountain High, Valley Low

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By Poonam Ruby Prasad

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Colombia

Wax palms, the tallest palm trees in the world, call the Cocora Valley their native home. These indigenous plants also have the distinct honor of being Colombia's national tree. The enormous monoliths garner great respect all across the countryside, having provided the wax that went into the first rudimentary candles, and for creating a habitat to countless creatures of the wild - including many endangered parrots.

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Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

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By Poonam Ruby Prasad

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Colombia

Ascending into the ethereal mist that hangs over most of Antioquia, El Peñón de Guatapé (the rock of Guatapé) seems quite the lofty ambition to conquer. 740 steps separate onlookers from the magnificent vantage point at the top: a complete, 360-panoramic of lush, tropical wilderness shrouded in whispers of fog. While the view from the top is undeniably breathtaking, this shot taken at the base of the natural rock formation gently reminds us: it's not about the destination, but the journey that leads us there.

46

The Luge Boys

The Luge Boys

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By Shaun Kwan

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | South East Asia

This photo was taken on Sentosa Island, Singapore, where we took a ski lift up the hill to race down on luges. This experience was one of the best on the trip, particularly when we zipped passed Professor Hasler on the way down.

47

Hook 'em Horns Around the World

Hook

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By Sonya Seth

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Ghana

This picture was taken on the way to Wli Falls in the Volta Region of Africa. The young boy in the orange shirt followed me back to our bus. I thought he might be asking for money, but actually the only thing he wanted was something to read- a book, magazine, newspaper clippings, anything. This thirst for education was very inspiring.

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Strength in Looking Forward

Strength in Looking Forward

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By Sonya Seth

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Ghana

This scene was located right outside the door to the Cape Coast Castle. Above this door hangs a sign "point of no return." Ships used to take the slaves across the Atlantic Ocean were docked here. Now many Ghana fishers take advantage of the fresh water. The old muscular man personifies the history and strength I felt at Cape Coast Castle.

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The Dark Side of Beauty

The Dark Side of Beauty

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By Sonya Seth

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Ghana

The beauty of this castle sharply contrasts with its history. A castle originally built by the Swedes for timer and gold trade, Cape Coast Castle later turned into a slave castle. Here they held slaves before they were put on ships to be sent and sold in the Americas. This particular slave castle was called "the gate of no return" and was the last stop before the journey across the Atlantic Ocean. This beautiful blue door is actually a doorway to a dungeon, where more than 500 slaves were packed into a room where they couldn't even move and spent months  there.

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Old New Israel

Old New Israel

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By Yun Qi

McCombs Global Connections, 2015 | Israel

The photo was taken in Jaffa, the city with more than 4000 years history. Jaffa is connected with Tel Aviv, the second largest city in Israel.  The right part of the photo shows the view of the old city of Jaffa, and the left part shows the light of metropolitan area of Tel Aviv at night.