We choose the Finalists from among all of the entries, and the judges choose the winners. Viewer voting will determine the Viewer's Choice Award winner, and that winner is also automatically a Finalist.
Meet the judging panel for the 2014 International Student Travel Video Contest:
Jim Crawley has 21 years of experience in university admissions, 14 of which have been spent in international recruitment. For many of those years, he worked closely with international students at Grand Valley State University as Director of International Student Services. Currently, Jim is putting his international education experience to work for ELS Language Centers. He has traveled to more than 25 countries and is an avid amateur photographer. He has also reviewed films at a high school film festival. Jim is the moderator of the "Ask a U.S. Advisor" forum on InternationalStudent.com, and he is pleased to again be one of the judges of the travel video contest.
Joe Avison is the Managing Director of Global University Relations at The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he has been for the past two and a half years. Prior to the Chronicle, Joe was the Regional Manager for SR Media, an international education marketing company. Joe has traveled extensively to all parts of the world, including the deepest caves on the Pakistan/Afghanistan border, and knows just about everyone in international education. Joe is always in demand at NAFSA and other conferences, has a warm word for everyone he meets, and can easily be spotted in a crowd. We are delighted to have him on our judges panel again this year.
Matt Brattin discovered InternationalStudent.com in 2006 while searching for scholarship money to help fund his international MBA. He had recently been accepted to attend ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain when he stumbled across the first annual video travel contest and decided to give it a shot. He’s glad he did, because his entry earned him the grand prize which he gleefully accepted to help fund his trip abroad. Since graduating from ESADE in mid-2007 Matt has been working in corporate finance in the travel industry and credits his international experience for helping him land such a great gig.
Sandy Florez is the winner of International Student's 2009 travel video contest. In the summer of 2010, she traveled to Italy, Greece, Spain, Morocco and France (catch up on her adventures here). After graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in Journalism and English literature, she began work at ad agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky.