Second Annual Department of Spanish and Portuguese Photo Contest

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese invites you to participate in our second annual photo contest. Our goal is to share a variety of cultural perspectives from the Hispanic or Luso/Brazilian community through photography. 


Participants The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Photography Contest is open to all current undergraduate students and graduate students of Spanish and Portuguese.

All photographs must focus on the Hispanic and/or Luso-Brazilian communities at Yale or the Greater New Haven area.

Inspiration can come from landscapes, urban art or street art, social groups, interculturality, and cultural manifestations. 

The photo contest consists of three themes:

DIVERSITY. We understand diversity as recognizing, respecting, and celebrating differences: A community that seeks to intergrate all of its members in a way that is empowering and engaging should embrace different races, ethnicities, genders, disabilities, sexual orientations, and religions.

In this case, a photographer might take pictures that show the individual or collective work of the Hispanic or Luso/Brazilian community in an environment that is multicultural, interracial, or gender-diverse in Yale, New Haven or any place or city in CT.

A FACE AMONG THE CROWD.  A good portrait is not just any picture of a face. A good portrait should reveal something about the personality of the subject. In other words, it should tell us a story, share an experience, or show us a hidden or even a magical quality, that the camera captures in this face. 

For this contest, we would like the photographer to show faces of the Hispanic or Luso-Brazilian community in Yale, New Haven, or any place or city in CT.

SUNDAY MORNING. The photographer can take a picture of a favorite Sunday morning activity, or one that happens occasionally, among people in the HIspanic or Luso-Brazilian community in Yale, New Haven, or any place or city in CT. It might be someone enjoying a cup of coffee or a good book. Capturing everyday events in these communities through photographs creates an artistic diary that helps to value and document both big and small moments of life in our communities. It may add humor and grace to the photograph, since these elements are part of each of us, and at times, define us.


Each participant may submit up to one (1) digital photo in each of the three themes. All photographs must have been taken during the summer of 2022, fall of 2022, and spring of 2023 in the Yale campus, the Greater New Haven area, or any other place or city of CT. 

Submissions must be uploaded using the online submission form provided at:

  • Photographs must be the original work of the person submitting them.
  • Each photograph must include a title.
  • Photographs must be submitted in .jpeg format, at least 1500 x 1200 pixels, with a minimum of 150 DPI (to facilitate enlargements for exhibitions) and no more than 20 mb. Entries that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified. DPI can be changed using InDesign, Photoshop, or using  or similar websites. Photos must be minimally edited (e.g., without use of filters, Photoshop, etc.).
  • A signed photo release form is required at the time of submission.

Email submissions or printouts will not be accepted.

Photos showing the use of alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, or any inappropriate content or behavior will be disqualified.

Judging criteria Judges will look at technical merit, composition, artistic expression, creativity, and quality of the image, as well as whether the photo shows a clear relation to Hispanic or Luso-Brazilian life and culture.
Deadlines The submission period opens on March 1st and closes on April 12th at noon (extended!).
Decision of the judges

The decision of the winner will be made public through the contest page:

Winners will be notified via email by April 21st.

Awards The judges will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of the three themes. All winners will receive a CERTIFICATE AND GIFT CARD TO USE AT A NEW HAVEN RESTAURANT.