Photo Contest News

March 2, 2018

AIA 2018 Photo Contest Results

The 2018 AIA Photo Contest saw over 150 photos taken in 25 different countries pour in as members and friends of the AIA shared their archaeological experiences through photos in five categories: archaeological landscapes, excavation, field life, fun finds, and monuments.  Looking through the photos one sees stunning shots of temples, columns, and statues as well as excavators hard at work and even a dog snoozing in the streets of Pompeii.

This year, during the one week voting period, over 13,000 votes were cast.  One participant, photographer Gavin McGuire, received a wonderful outpouring of support from friends and colleagues and won three of the five categories.  As a result, we are also presenting prizes (a one year AIA membership) to several runners-up who also submitted fabulous photos and garnered many votes.  Be sure to see the stunning award-winning photos below.  A dozen top photos submitted to this year’s contest will be selected by AIA staff to be featured in the AIA’s 2019 Calendar.

Archaeological Landscapes

Runner-up: Mysterious Evrostini mountain behind ancient Aigeira (Peloponnes)

Akrata, Greece

By Christian Kurtze

Winner: Sun Risen Warmth Over the Kephali

The Kephali, Sissi, Crete, Greece

By Gavin McGuire


Runner-up: Excavating a 3rd Century Road to Find a 2nd Century Road

Vindolanda Roman Fort, Hexham/Bardon Mill, Northumberland, United Kingdom

By Elizabeth M. Greene

Winner: Pilates Time

The Kephali, Sissi, Crete, Greece

By Gavin McGuire

Winner: Shadow Land

The Kephali, Sissi, Crete, Greece

By Gavin McGuire

Field Life

Winner: A Labyrinth of Walls

Chalara, Festos, Crete, Greece

By Alexia Giglio

Fun Finds

Runner-up: Nice to meet you

Asia Valley, Central Coast, Peru

By Emily Baca Marroquin

Winner: Stand and Deliver

The Kephali, Sissi, Crete, Greece

By Gavin McGuire


Winner: Cuitzillo Pyramid

Tula, Tamaulipas, México

By Luis Alberto Martinez Castro

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