AIA 2018 Photo Contest Results
March 2, 2018

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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