First Annual Department of Spanish and Portuguese Photo Contest

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese invites you to participate in our first annual photo contest. Our goal is to share a variety of cultural perspectives through photography.


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

Themes and Categories

All photographs must reflect local manifestations of Hispanic and/or Portuguese language, life, and culture at Yale and in the Greater New Haven area.

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

The photo contest consists of three categories:

LANGUAGE: Uses of the Spanish or Portuguese languages ​​in expressions of street art, urban art, or other visual form.

LIFE: Photos of cultural elements such as architecture, dance, gastronomy, artwork, music, family, technology.

CULTURE: Photographs that express human complexities, such as solidarity, cooperation, education, community, customs and traditions. 


Each participant may submit up to one (1) digital photo in each of the three categories. All photographs must have been taken during  the summer of 2021, fall of 2021, and spring of 2022 in the Yale campus, or the Greater New Haven area.

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 edit (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.
Meet the Jury Qualified jury and subject matter experts will evaluate the participants’ photographs. Learn more about the members of the jury here:

The submission period opens March 11th and closes April 11th at noon. Winners will be notified via email by April 22nd.

Decisions of the judges

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

Winners will be notified via email.


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