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The RPA Photo Contest

Photography has been a part of professional archaeology for decades. The visual narrative has shaped and spread ideas since the principles of photography were discovered in the 1800s, and has been a part of archaeology since its beginning as a professional science. Art and science coincide, and we ask you to show us your stuff! 


Voting is now open on your favorite six (6) entries to be ranked according to popularity! 

Contest Rules Reminder:

  • All participant photographers must be active RPAs or RAs and can submit as multiple entries but can only receive one reward.
  • All submitted photographs must be taken by the Registrant entering the contest.
  • The photographer must hold all rights and responsibilities for the photograph, with the permission of anyone who appears in the photograph.
  • The photos must be high-resolution, no less than 400 dpi.
  • Any archaeologists in the photograph(s) must also be active RAs or RPAs.
  • Submit entries with captions identifying people in the image, their RA/RPA number, and a brief explanation of what is happening in the shot.
  • All activities depicted in the photographs must comply with the Register’s Code of Conduct and Standards for Research Performance
  • All completed 2020 Photo Contest entries must be received prior to 11:59 p.m. EDT,  October 9th, 2020. Late entries not will be accepted.

Grand Prize Winner receives $250 USD plus dues for 2021!

Second Prize gets $100 plus dues

Third receives $50 plus dues

3 Honorable Mentions will receive their dues paid for 2021

2018 Grand prize winner

Our Grand Prize Winner for 2018  went to Nichole Buccino Grinnan, RPA 28385700 of the Florida Public Archaeology Network that shows Joseph Grinnan, RPA 28576488 of SEARCH, Inc. conducting an initial assessment of the submerged remains of US Civil War Era steamship the Madison

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