Photojournalism Competition

Are you TEA’s next photojournalist of the year?

Submit one image (photo or drawing) in portrait* format alongside a max 400-word text and find out!

Ranging from archaeology’s early roots in cabinets of curiosities and the enthusiasm of Victorian antiquarians to the latest advances in GPR, molecular science and heritage practices, it is no secret that archaeology is a wide and varied discipline. We look at everything from rock art and pigments to isotopes, the experience of moving through the landscape and the values of contemporary communities Is the study of the past a science, an art form or a social science? Various arguments support all of these options, but what do you think? Once again, TEA welcomes submissions to our photojournalism competition. We seek images that illustrate the great depth and breadth of archaeology and which include short answer essays on the following theme:


We have all been there—some excavators can turn a planum into a masterpiece while themselves completely covered in mud. Others work with pipettes, petri dishes and column chemistry whilst clad in pristine lab coats. Both are archaeology, and that is what we are after! Show us through pictures and text the joy and beauty in the art or science of your branch of archaeology!

How to enter:

Submissions should be made by email to by 1 August 2024 at 23:59 CET. 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, its location, archaeological relevance and a few lines relating it to archaeology as art or science (or both!). 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.

What you can win:

The three winning entries will have their EAA membership fees waived for 2025 and will receive certificates describing them as “TEA Photojournalist of the Year 2025”. The images will feature on the winter, spring and summer issues of TEA, and will be announced as TEA’s Photojournalists of 2025.

Rules of the competition:

  • 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.

Judging criteria:

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 end of 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 format before sending it in to the competition.