Past OISS Photo Competition

To celebrate International Education Week (IEW) 2020, OISS hosted a mini photo competition open to all members of the Rice international community. The winner was selected by a popular vote by the Rice international community, and received a $30 Coffeehouse gift card.

Here is the winner!

Houston skyline visible through a hole in a fence containing several locks
There is always a promising path despite the presence of seemingly overwhelming obstacles.

The winning photo was submitted by Salma Alhashim, a PhD student from Saudi Arabia. Here's the story behind her photo:

"One day I was exploring the Buffalo Bayou Park and I saw a pedestrian bridge with a high chainlock fence that is full of a huge variety of locks. A typical scene that would normally be seen in famous European capitals such as Paris. While I was walking, caught my attention a little hole in that fence facing the Houston skyline. It looks like a window that allows me to take a very nice view of Houston downtown."

Congratulations Salma!

Here are the other competition photos, in the order in which they were submitted.

Mural on the side of a building on Rice campus
Photo submitted by Nirupma, MBA student from India

Photo submitted by Takudzwa, Masters student from Zimbabwe

Hands in a circle holding seashells
Photo submitted by Takudzwa, Masters student from Zimbabwe

Part of a building in front of a forest in fog
Photo submitted by Sam, DMA student from Australia

Water droplets on a glass surface
Photo submitted by Sam, DMA student from Australia

Two children in an alley
Photo submitted by Sirui

Black bird on a cliff with city light in the background
Photo submitted by Siyang

Person and a dog walking on a beach
Photo submitted by Siyang

Part of a building
Photo submitted by Weinan, PhD student from China

Rice campus at sunset
Photo submitted by Anonymous

Thank you to all the participants and to everyone who voted!

For more information on International Education Week, please see