Anthropology News

2008 AAA Photo Contest

We are pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2008 AAA Photo Contest. The submissions were impressive and selecting a winner was extremely challenging. AAA would like to sincerely thank all members who submitted entries.

Winning Photographs
First Place

Peter Biella
San Francisco State U
Second Place

Siobhán Mattison
U Washington
Third Place

Ruben Mendoza
CSU Monterey Bay
Fourth Place

Glenn Shepard
U São Paulo

The contest committee reviewed 294 entries from 73 participants, selecting 54 photos as semifinalists. From that group 20 finalists were selected, including four top winners. All images selected as finalists and semifinalists can be viewed online through our Flickr gallery. Finalist photos will also be featured in March AN and will be hung as prints in the AAA office beginning late spring.

The contest committee was chaired by AN Production Editor Amy Goldenberg and comprised of AAA staff members with degrees in diverse anthropological subfields, including Dinah Winnick (AN associate managing editor), Joseph Jones (RACE Project grant manager), and Brian Estes (public policy associate). We invite all members to submit photos for the 2009 contest, which will be announced in May.

Online Resources
Peter Biella's first place photo shows Mama Toreto listening to a song Biella recorded 27 years before, in which she commemorated the birth of her granddaughter. We are pleased that Peter Biella is able to share a 2.5 minute excerpt of that recording. You may listen to it either by downloading it here or by listening to the February 24 AAA podcast, available on iTunes. We recommend opening the photo above in a new window so you may listen to the recording while viewing it. If you'd like to learn more about Peter Biella's work with the Maasai, see the Maasai Migrants Film Project webpage.

Visit our online Winner and Finalist Gallery and Semifinalist Gallery today. All visitors are welcome to post reflective comments. Finalist and semifinalist photographers are also listed below. Where multiple photographs from the same entrant were selected, names are repeated (across award levels) or the number of selected photographs is indicated in parentheses (within the same award level).

Peter Biella (San Francisco State U); Jenny Chio (2, UC Berkeley); Mark Dingemanse (Max Planck Institute); Kimberly Hart (2, Buffalo State C); Barry Kass (; David Kideckel (Central Connecticut State U); Diane King (2, U Kentucky); Ryan Klataske (Michigan State U); Ruben Mendoza (CSU Monterey Bay); Tiffany Rinne (U Georgia); Glenn Shepard (U São Paulo); Silvia Patricia Solis (U Texas-Pan American); and Glen Davis Stone (Washington U St Louis).

Patricia Alvarez-Astacio (2, UC Santa Cruz); Heide Casteñeda (U South Florida); Jenny Chio (UC Berkeley); Mark Dingemanse (Max Planck Institute); Susanna Donaldson (U Iowa); Scott Edmondson (UC Los Angeles); Eduardo Fernandez (5); Wendi Haugh (Williams C); Carol Hayman (2, Austin Community C); Margaret Karnyski (3, U South Florida); Diane King (U Kentucky); Xelaju Korda (Tulane U); Hilda Llorens (U Puerto Rico-Cayey); Luisa Margolies (Ediciones Venezolanas de Antropología); Jonathan Marion (2, CSU San Marcos and San Diego State U); Peter Mattison; Siobhán Mattison (U Washington); Bryce Peake (Brandeis U); Brooke Scelza (UC Los Angeles); Sarah Smith (U Queensland-Brisbane); Glen Davis Stone (Washington U St Louis); Maximilian Viatori (2, Iowa State U); Barbara Waldern (KOTESOL and ATEK); and Aleksandra Wierucka (U Gdansk).