SWSE 2023 Photo & Video Contest

Have the whole country buzzing with your SWSE stories!


Follow the YMCA SWSE program on social to hear all about this year's photo & video contest

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The SWSE Photo & Video Contest invites program participants to share their exchange experiences on Instagram!

Each week during this year's SWSE program (July 1 - August 12, 2023), we'll announce a new theme on our social channels. Take photos and videos to match the weekly theme, post them on your Instagram account with the #SWSExplore hashtag for your chance to win great prizes! Winners can choose a $50 gift card from the following:

  • Cineplex
  • Amazon
  • Uber eats / Doordash
  • Master Card

How to participate

  • Be a youth participant of the SWSE 2023 program
  • Follow YMCA Exchanges on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
  • Use the hashtag #SWSExplore and our handle @ymcaexchanges when submitting all your photos and videos
  • Use your public Instagram account to share your photos and videos​
  • You can post multiple photos and videos during the week

How to ace your contest submission

  • Follow the weekly theme
  • Post high-quality photos and videos
  • Writing a short caption that explains what’s in the photo or video is a plus
  • Be creative and have fun!

The weekly theme will be announced every Monday at 1:00 pm ET.

The contents submission time limit is the following Sunday at 11:59 pm ET.

Each week, two contest winners will be announced on our social accounts.

Please be sure to read the contest rules (PDF) in full before submitting your entry.