The European Union Center sponsors an annual photo contest, which invites U of I students, faculty and staff, to submit photos that were taken in the EU and are inspired by a specific theme. This year's winners will be recognized at the EU Center's annual European Union Day in February 2013, and their photos will be on display at the event.
This year's theme is "Competition & Cooperation". The EU is a major force on the world stage; its member states collaborate extensively both within and outside of its borders. These relationships are built not only through high-level politics and trade, but also in everyday society: sports, arts, culture, science, and research all play a role. Collaborative efforts are evolving amidst the current financial crisis and other global events, such as the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. These photos show what it really means for European countries to compete and cooperate within the EU, across the Atlantic, and beyond.
Congratulations to our winners!
"A Connection" - Prof. Kathryn H. Anthony (School of Architecture )
"Le Belle Bandiere (The Beautiful Flags)" - Sean P. Murphy (College of Law)
“Progressive Tradition” - Kristen E. Knight (College of Veterinary Medicine)
Ear tags, are one of many ways to identify an animal througout its life on the farm. Europe has forged a path for food animal health by implementing more strict tracking and record keeping, such as individual animal “passports”, with the goal of improved public health and safety. The cooperation of farmers within the EU must be maintained in order to keep the nations’ food supply safe and free from harmful pathogens such as foot and mouth disease. Animal welfare and husbandry are a direct line to the farmer’s livlihood, and while competition amongst producers may lead to the development of a superior product, it is the cooperation between them that makes the entire food system safe, affordable, and reliable.
This was one of the many stops Veterinary Students from the University of Illinois, University of Georgia, and University of Ohio, made on their trip to Germany while studying public health and veterinary medicine in Europe.
“Kırkpınar (Olive Oil Wrestling) in Edirne, Turkey” - Natalie Cartwright (European Union Studies)
“locks/river” - Maureen Stroke (College of Business)
"Under Construction" - Nathaniel Koppel (College of Law)
"Good Food is Understood in Every Language" - Katherine Fleissner (FSHN-Dietetics)
This photo shows EU cooperation and hospitality outside its borders as Italians and Americans set aside any cultural differences or language barrier problems and enjoy a meal together. While neither country’s economy is currently thriving, friendship, understanding and trust can be cultivated through hospitality between these nations by fostering university students’ desires to experience education in another culture.