WWU Student Takes Second in National Photo Contest

Kylie Hirth and a friend walk along the beach about 10 minutes from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia.
Kylie Hirth and a friend walk along the beach about 10 minutes from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia.

Kylie Hirth, a senior at William Woods University, won second place in GlobaLinks’ ninth annual Study Abroad Alumni Photo Contest for a photo taken of her in Australia.

A business and equine administration double major from Festus, Mo., Hirth studied at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. For the photo contest, she uploaded a picture of herself doing a toe touch in front of the world-famous Sydney Opera House. A friend took the photo during their tour of the country after school finished.

The contest took place on the GlobalLinks’ Facebook page last month. Students uploaded candid photos from their time in the study abroad programs. Placing was determined by the amount of likes the student’s picture received per day, converted into points. Hirth’s photo received 3,587 points (just 23 points shy of number one) and she received a cash prize for coming in second.

Kylie Hirth leaves her mark in the sand in Australia.
Kylie Hirth leaves her mark in the sand in Australia.

“I’ve always wanted to go to Australia and I finally had the opportunity through the study abroad  program. While I was there I was able to travel most of the country, and my last stop was in Sydney,” Hirth said.

“I chose to submit that photo because the opera house is well-known throughout the world, and it summed up the end of my experience there. Plus, I didn’t expect the toe touch and overall picture to turn out that awesome; it ended up being my favorite photo overall.”

A scene from Australia.
A scene from Australia.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has more than 20 years of experience working within the field of international education and has assisted more than 20,000 students to realize their study abroad dreams. The company provides services in locations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Asia and Europe.