Posted on Dec 6, 2012

USF Nursing student photo wins USF International Photo Competition

USF Nursing student photo wins USF International Photo Competition

Rebekah Woods, an undergraduate student from University of South Florida College of Nursing, was among the winners of the 2012 USF International Photo Competition, a USF World annual photo competition. Woods won the competition with a photo she took near an indigenous village in Chiriqui, Panama during a USF Nursing trip in summer 2012.

Rebekah Woods, an undergraduate student from University of South Florida College of Nursing, was among one of the winners of the 2012 USF International Photo Competition, a USF World annual photo competition. Woods won the competition with a photo she took near an indigenous village in Chiriqui, Panama during a USF Nursing mission trip in summer 2012. 
Woods’ winning 2012 USF International Photo Competition. She took this photo near an indigenous village in Chiriqui, Panama. “We would drive up to the village every day, and this was the house that marked the beginning of the village,” Woods said.

The winners’ photos were included on the homepage of the USF’s website, USF World, and USF News. See images here. USF World celebrated this year’s winners during a reception held at the USF Bookstore on Nov. 13.

“I feel very humbled to have won the photo competition,” Woods said. “There are some amazing photos in the competition, and I’m excited that one of mine was chosen. I love that my hobbies can come together with my passion for travel and helping the hurting.”

 Woods is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Nursing, and is graduating in December 2012. Her mission trip to Panama was part her community health clinical requirements at USF Nursing. During her time there, Woods said she worked with doctors and nurses to provide immunizations, prenatal and post-natal care, women’s checkups, deliveries, and other related emergencies.
Woods (far right) at the Hato Chami community in the province of Chiriqui, Panama.

Woods is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Nursing, and is graduating in December 2012. Her trip to Panama was part her community health clinical requirements at USF Nursing. During her time there, Woods said she worked with doctors and nurses to provide immunizations, prenatal and post-natal care, women’s checkups, deliveries, and other related emergencies.

“We walked around the community doing assessments and home visits to see how they lived, and make sure they were up to date on their immunizations,” Woods said. “We also taught health education in the schools including diet, dental care, and hand hygiene and in an orphanage.”

“I feel very humbled to have won the photo competition,” Woods said. “There are some amazing photos in the competition, and I'm excited that one of mine was chosen. I love that my hobbies can come together with my passion for travel and helping the hurting.”
Another photo taken by Rebekah Woods in the Hato Chami community in the province of Chiriqui, Panama.

Woods enjoyed her experience abroad, and her goal is to continue making a difference in other less-fortunate countries around the world.

 “My trip to Panama was eye opening, heart wrenching, and life changing,” Woods said. “As I travel and see the poverty and hurt that encompasses our world, I realize again and again that I am blessed to be a blessing onto others. I hope that this trip and the photos will be constant reminders of why I chose to pursue nursing as a profession.”

To see more photos from Woods visit her blog here.