A photographic exhibition is bringing to light the experiences of ANU students studying in the Asia Pacific region.
The exhibition includes images taken by students while participating in overseas study programs offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Featuring the work of students from a range of language and disciplinary backgrounds, the exhibition captures a broad cross-section of daily life across the Asia-Pacific.
James Walsh, a Project Officer in the College, created the exhibition with entries from a photographic competition.
“Students who return from studying overseas often talk about the exceptional experiences they have had. We created the competition so we could collect some imagery that reflects these experiences,” he said.
“Students were asked to submit images which featured subjects ranging from their travel highlights, local friends, university campuses, landmarks or local cuisine.
“The competition attracted some really impressive images from all over the Asia-Pacific. We put the exhibition together with the finalists from the competition.”
The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific offers students a variety of in-country study programs. The options range from a short six-week language intensive up to the flagship Year in Asia program. The programs are designed to immerse students in local language and culture.
Josh Leslie, a student whose work is featured in the exhibition, spent a year studying at Nanjing University in Jiangsu province, China.
“It was so satisfying finding that I could immediately use what I had learnt in the classroom at ANU but even more so discovering new things about Chinese language every day,” he said.
“I loved taking photos in China because everywhere I looked I could see the potential for a great photo. Every region in China offers such huge differences, these contrasts made photography interesting and a lot of fun.”
The exhibition, running in the foyer of the Chifley Library until 24 February, is presented by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. The winner of the Asia-Pacific Photography Competition will be announced at the conclusion of the exhibition.