The archaeological journal ‘Antiquity‘ has begun a wonderful photography competition. The archaeology themed competition (think sites and artefacts) is seeking readers to send in their photographs for each issue of the journal. In each issue the best two photographs sent in will be printed. If you are talented behind the lens and make it into an issue, you are then up for ‘photograph of the year’, which if chosen as the overall winner, results in a cash prize of £500.
Photography (including the use of standard black and white film, alongside modern digital technology) is an integral part of the package of archaeology, and is used throughout the discipline in varying forms. For instance the excavation of an archaeological site and its features (such as trenches, sections and pits) are often recorded by hand and by photography, whereas aerial photography aims to cover large distances relatively quickly, helping to show landscape variation at different times of the day/year. Photography is also used up close to capture specific details and contours of artefacts, as well as used in surveying to record a landscape at different times of the year to highlight seasonal changes.
This is a great opportunity to show your skills behind the lens and to capture the feeling of a site or an artefact, and to present it to a wider audience.
To read the rules of the competition and submit an entry click here.
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I wish any participants the best of luck!