This week, GradHacker ran it’s very first photo contest. We asked our readers to submit photos of their workspaces: the good, the bad, the ugly, and you responded in force! We saw libraries filled with books, pets in baskets and on windowsills, hacked standing desks (one with a treadmill!), re-purposed thrift store finds, shared desks, messy desks, clean desks, and oh so much more. One thing became very clear: grad students are incredibly resourceful! So without further ado, we announce the winners:

First Prize Winner:

Noam R. from Davis, CA

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Second Prize Winner:

Renee W. from Toronto

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And these three lucky, randomly selected eligible entrants will win Inside Higher Ed and GradHacker Swag Packs:

1. Stephen S. from Raleigh, NC

2. Elodie C. from Montreal, Canada

3.  Angela S. from Great Cacapon, WV

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