Skip to content Skip to navigation

Stanford Global Studies photo contest showcases student experiences

Quarantine Birthday Portrait in Gold by PhD candidate Jasmine Reid
Jun 4 2021
Awards, Stanford, Students

Stanford Global Studies (SGS) has unveiled the winners of its 10th annual photo contest. Each year, the competition celebrates the creative talents of student photographers affiliated with SGS’s 14 centers and programs.

More than 80 photos, captured in locations across the United States and around the world, were entered into six categories: the natural world, people, photojournalism, travel, animals and hometown love.

Jasmin Reid, an anthropology PhD candidate affiliated with the Center for African Studies, won the grand prize for her image Quarantine Birthday Portrait in Gold. The stunning self-portrait encapsulates the spirit of the past year.

“As a travel photographer, I photograph myself in different settings not only to create a memory but also to reflect back to myself the new things I’ve learned about myself during my travels. A year into quarantine, without any international travel on the books and after a year of increased anti-Blackness, I wanted to take a new kind of portrait,” said Reid.

She continued: “I made this portrait in my apartment for my 30th birthday in March 2021. I refashioned into a headdress the ‘3-0’ metallic balloons I’d received as a birthday gift, and I surrounded myself with the 34 plants I’d acquired over the course of quarantine. Finally, I adorned myself with gold leaf to remind myself of the beauty of my Blackness, even when the world couldn’t always see it.”

VPGE serves the entire graduate student community across all seven schools.

Read the full article