Are you TEA’s next photojournalist of the year?


Submit one image (photo or drawing) in portrait* format alongside a max 500-word text and find out!

We archaeologists often find ourselves in strange, beautiful, far-off, and sometimes dangerous places. Whether we work close to our own backyards or in exotic locales, fieldwork is a vital part of the archaeological endeavor.

Continuing the success of last year’s photo competition, we are happy to announce that the EAA is sponsoring another photojournalism competition. This year the theme is




Whether dodging bullets or dodging mosquitos; hopping trains or hopping streams; learning a new language out of necessity or curiosity; making new friends or gaming new enemies; avoiding near-disaster or enjoying the company of new friends; pull on your boots, sharpen your trowel, pack up your bags, and take us with you to one of the wonderful, wacky, or wild (or dreadful!) places that you’ve been to as an archaeologist!



Submissions should be made by email to by 1 August 2023 at 23:59 CEST. Each entry should include a single high-resolution (600 DPI) portrait-style image (.tif or .png) with an accompanying text (max 400 words).

The text should describe the subject matter of the photo, as well as its location and archaeological relevance. Some short time should also be spent on describing why it fits the theme; as such be sure to include information on the location, the contexts, and the circumstances presented in the image. The text should be a .word file, and should also include a thumbnail of the image described. In your email text, please state your full name, institution (if you wish it to be posted) as well as your EAA membership number. Please include ‘TEA Photojournalism competition 2024’ in the subject line of the email. By submitting an image to the competition, you confirm that you have or have obtained copyright permission, that you provide permission for TEA to print the image in question as a cover, should your entry be among the winners and you also extend permission to the EAA to use the image with accreditation in its promotional materials.



The three winning entries will have their EAA membership fees waived for 2024 and will receive certificates describing them as “TEA Photojournalist of the Year 2024”. The images will feature on the winter, spring and summer issues of TEA, and will be announced as TEA’s Photojournalists of 2024.



You must be a current EAA Member to enter.

Each Member may submit only one entry, so choose wisely.

You may only submit an image on your own behalf.

The image must be oriented in portrait to potentially fit the cover of a future TEA issue.


You must have copyright permission for the image and you must agree to provide permission to TEA to reprint the image. This includes the possibility of the image being included in a future issue of TEA spotlighting the entries of the competition.

All subject material which answers the competition theme will be considered, though it must also be appropriate to being a cover of TEA.



After closing date, all submissions will be evaluated by a panel (including both professional photographers as well as archaeologists). Those short-listed will be notified by end of August that their entry has been selected for the second round of the evaluation process, which will be by popular vote by Members of the EAA. Before the voting begins, shortlisted entries will be spotlighted on EAA’s social media channels alongside their texts before the final vote. Winners will be notified by 31 October.


*Please note that images which are not in portrait orientation will not be accepted. If you have an image that you would like to contribute that is square or in landscape format you must crop it to portrait before sending it in to the competition.