2019 Commerce In Action Photo Contest

The Center for Global Leadership & Sustainability is accepting entries for its annual photo contest on the topic of “Commerce in Action.” This is a great opportunity to share your unique perspective and experience with the global economy with other members of the Merage School community. Contest submissions may be photos from anywhere in the world and include a caption that tells the story of that experience. 

Contest Details

Contest entries should be sent to John Graham, Director of the Center for Global Leadership & Sustainability at Participants may submit up to three high resolution images (300 dpi) with an educational caption for each submission of no more than 200 words. 

All entries must be submitted by May 1, 2019.  Images will be reviewed and judged by the Center for Global Leadership & Sustainability. Up to three entries will be selected as winners of the 2019 contest.

The winners will share a cash prize of $1,000 and the images will be enlarged and framed for placement around SB1. You can see past winning images in breakout rooms 2009 and 2019, the Center for Global Leadership & Sustainability Conference Room (SB1 4400) and in the Dean’s Suite.

If you have any questions, please contact John Graham, Director of the Center for Global Leadership & Sustainability at

2018 Commerce In Action Photo Contest Winners

Royal FlorraHolland

Lauren Shreve, MBA class of 2019

Royal FloraHolland is the largest floral exchange and one of the largest auction companies in the world. A non-profit organization, this unique institution is a cooperative among growers to deliver the world beauty through the life, color, and aroma of the flowers they produce. In 2016 alone, over 12.5 billion plants and flowers were sold through the exchange. Pictured here is the Royal FloraHolland exchange facility in Aalsmeer, Netherlands visited during the UCI Merage Amsterdam Residential in December of 2017. At 1,287,813 m2 (13.8 million square feet) it dominates as the largest building footprint in the world, trumping manufacturing plants such as the Tesla Gigafactory and Boeing’s aircraft facilities. The stems come in from places like Kenya via nearby Schiphol International Airport. Every single flower shown in the image had been removed from cold storage and sold that morning. The workers can be seen moving the flowers with electric carts, and by hand, preparing the items for delivery to their particular buyers around the world.

Merkur Casino

Reaz Rahman, MBA class of 2019

The smiling sun logo seen from the Merkur Casino in Amsterdam appears along the street of Reguliersbreestraat with Mint Tower in the background. The sun’s smile seems to mock the busy street-goers as the grey sky teases a drizzling of rain. Amsterdam’s sky is cloudy 70% of the time for 6 to 8 months, bringing in nearly 28 inches of rain throughout the year. The Dutch cherish their sunlight so greatly that they have created a culture to enjoy it as much as possible, often forgoing curtains in their windows, or leaving the workday early to catch some Vitamin D. The bleak grey sky also contrasts with the colorful street signs, which interestingly include three of the United States’ largest food chains. These modern neon signs are juxtaposed to the rich history of the buildings they surround and inhabit. Mint Tower was originally constructed in 1480 and many of the restaurant houses were built in the 1600s. Their contrasts with the founding of Subway, Burger King, and McDonald’s nearly 470 years later and only arriving in the Netherlands as late as the early 2000s. The old and the new coexist, attracting over 15 million tourists who spend over 70 billion euros annually in the Netherlands.