2024 Festival of Archaeology Competition

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The 2024 Festival of Archaeology photography competition 

Archaeology enables us to connect to the world around us.  Archaeology helps us question what it means to be human by exploring the traces people leave behind.’ 

The 2024 Festival of Archaeology competition takes the form of photography, but not just any photograph, one that represents the wonders of community. We are looking for creative images that capture the moment and express what archaeology and community means to you. 

You are invited to enter photographs taken anywhere in the UK. Your images can feature scenic views, recognisable landmarks, seasonal nature, be quirky or humorous, but most importantly we are looking for images of people - communities in action or the results of their engagement.  

The winning photograph will be displayed in our digital photography exhibition as well as being offered as a digital calendar screensaver. 

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When is it?

The competition runs from 4th June  to 31 July

Who can take part?

 There are two categories:

  • 8-17 (up to the day before your 18th birthday)
  • aged 18 and above.

What can I win?

There will be one winner per category, there are two categories and each category winner receives 

  • £75 Etsy voucher to help your creativity flow 

  • A copy of “The Art of Photography – A Personal Approach to Artistic Impression” by Bruce Barnbaum  

  • A canvas print of your image (up to 60 x40 cm) 

  • The photograph will also be included in our online gallery 

  • Membership of the Council for British Archaeology for over 16-year-olds, including subscription to British Archaeology magazine

  • Young Archaeologists’ Club pass for 16-year-olds or under, offering free or discounted access to a range of heritage sites

Photography Guidelines

  • When submitting an entry, please include a title, the date the photograph was taken and a location of the photograph. 

  • Landscape format images are preferred and full sized, high quality images are required with a maximum of 5 Megabytes in a jpeg format (most modern cameras and smartphones can do this). Please ensure the image file is added in the online form before submitting.   Please ensure you keep the original photograph because if you are shortlisted and your original photograph is larger than 5 Megabytes, we will ask for the larger file size to be emailed to us.

  • Images may be enhanced to remove spots or scratches, correct colour balance, and so on, but please don’t overdo it, and also, do not manipulate content, e.g. by adding elements to the picture – the competition is about photographic rather than digital editing skills, and will be judged accordingly. 

  • Please obtain details of anybody who is prominent in the photos (they should give their permission). You must obtain permission of parent/guardians if children under 16 are featured.

What else do I need to know?

The Festival team will collate all the entries, the best will be sent to our panel of judges who will pick the winners. The panel of judges includes President of the Council for British Archaeology, Raksha Dave, professional photographer Adam Shaw and our Youth Advisory board. The final 12 will be shared on the Festival of Archaeology website for all to see as a Festival resource. The judges decision is final. Please read our Terms and Conditions before submitting your entry.

Festival 2024 Competition Terms and Conditions Festival 2024 Competition Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions  

  1. The competition is open to residents of the UK, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.  This excludes Council for British Archaeology staff; Trustees; direct family members of CBA staff and Trustees; and consultants engaged by the CBA during the period of the competition. 

  2. CLOSING DATE: The last day to send in submissions for the CBA Festival of Archaeology #FOAphoto competition is Wednesday 31st July 2024.  

  3. Your entry must be something with a clear connection to archaeology.   

  4. The winner of each category will receive a £75 gift voucher and prize bundle.   

  5. Entrants must be aged 8 and over.   

  6. Each entrant may submit up to five entries. If more entries are received the judges will only consider the first five entries.   

  1. Use the online form to submit your entry.    

  1. Let us know which age category you are entering. 

  1. If you are under 18 you will need a parent, carer or guardian to give their information as well as your own. Your entry should include your name and age on 31st July 2024. First names and the category will be the only identifier. 

  1. Parents, carer or guardians of entrants under 18 are deemed to have accepted these rules when entering.     

  1. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs entered. The Council for British Archaeology is aware that digital photography does allow for some image enhancement. You can enter images that have had spots, scratches or other blemishes removed. You can have worked on the colour or enhanced the image for the sake of the composition. You can also crop the image to improve composition. However we will not accept composite images - entries that stitch two or more separate photographs together to make one image, or entries that superimpose elements photographed separately onto an image. We will also not accept AI generated images. The Council for British Archaeology and the judges reserve the right to exclude any image they believe may have been excessively treated so as to alter its authenticity. 

  1. Prior to submission, entries must not have been professionally commissioned; and entrants must not have offered any of their entries for sale, been paid for any publication of any of their entries, or won or been a runner-up in any other photographic competition with any of their entries. 

  2. The winning entries will be judged by the Festival of Archaeology team and collaborators. The judges’ decision will be final.  

  3. The winners will be notified by 23 August 2024.   

  1. Copyright of the photograph will remain with the entrant, though the Council for British Archaeology will be granted a royalty free, non-assignable, worldwide, non-exclusive license in perpetuity for publication (which could include Calendars), digitization, exhibition. This may include the granting of reproduction rights to selected third parties for promotional or other uses. No fees will be payable for any of the above uses. Whist we will make every effort to credit photographers, included in printed reproductions of their work, we cannot guarantee that every use will include the photographer’s name. Entrants must ensure that the photograph is not used to publicise or promote companies, individuals, organisations or causes other than the Council for British Archaeology until January 2026. 

  1. Entrants, including those using drones, must have permits and licences where legally required, and should, where necessary, have permission from the landowners to be on their land. They should be ready to provide proof if asked to do so by the competition organisers.

  1. By entering this competition, you agree that your entry may be used by the CBA Festival of Archaeology and the Council for British Archaeology, including but not limited to, our websites, and social media accounts.  

  1. Personal data submitted will only be used in relation to the competition. Unless you are a winner of the competition, your information will be securely deleted once the competition is complete and no later than 31 March 2025. For more information see the CBA’s privacy policy.   

  1. Entry to the competition confirms acceptance of the above rules.  

  1. If the winner is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made, the Council for British Archaeology reserves the right to offer the prize to a runner up.  

  1. You can withdraw from the competition at any time by contacting [email protected].  

How do I enter?

By filling out our online form

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