CWA readers clearly are a talented bunch: we were overwhelmed by huge number and high quality of the entries for our first CWA photographic competition and giving our judge Adam Stanford, of Aerial-Cam, a truly difficult task in picking a winner. From Classical temples to remote Maya ruins, arty shots to scientific documentation, artefacts to romantic vistas, comedy moments and cheeky animals, all archaeological life was here. The standard of technical ability and variety in style were beyond our expectations.

But we did manage to whittle it down, and Adam made his final decisions. So we are delighted to present the winner and the runners up:


First prize:

Sophie Hay

A mausoleum just outside Otricoli, a Roman town 50km north of Rome, Italy, on the via Flaminia.

Photographed: Nov 2012



Runners up:


Andrew Brown

A decorated Prehistoric ceramic spindle whorl, Eceler Höyük, Turkey, (Caltilar Archaeological Project).

Photographed: 29 July 2012.




Gretchen Hall

Ruins of Rawak Buddhist stupa, AD 4th century, near Hotan in Xiangjiang, western China.

Photographed: October 2012




Micah Reddy

Classical ruins at Apamea, Syria.

Photographed: 2006




Sedef Sedef

Bodrum Castle, Bodrum-Muğla, Turkey

Photographed: October 2012