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Enter the 2024 Anthropology Annual Photo Contest

Submit here!

Submit a photo to one of the categories below for a chance to win a $50 gift card!

You may submit one photo for each category. However, do not submit the same photo to more than one category:

  • Landscapes
    • Capture pictures of nature and the outdoors in a way that brings your viewer into the scene. Photographs of artificial scenery, such as farm fields, orchards and gardens, can be entered here as well
  • People
    • Capture pictures where people are the focus, whether a single person or a group, showing the human aspect of life in all its wonderful variety.
  • The Here and Now
    • Photos that illustrate a distinct point of view of our current world, society, or culture. If you have photos from doing research in the field, enter them here.

Once all the submissions have been collected, a special committee will review all photos and choose a finalist for each category. The judging criteria for the contest can be found here.


You may submit one photo for each category. However, do not submit the same photo to more than one category.

Cropped and edited photos are eligible in all categories.

Submitted photographs must have been taken by the entrant within the three years prior to the submission date. Please do not send photos that have been entered in other photo contests at Stanford.

For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you should secure a model release from the subject wherever possible. If the individual is a minor, you will need parental or guardian consent. Releases are generally not required from people who are identifiable in a photograph of a street or public place provided that the photograph is reasonably related to the subject matter and the identifiable people are not the focus of the photograph. A sample release can be found here.

All digital files must be 10 megabytes or smaller, must be in .jpeg, or .jpg format, and must be at least 1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image). Please submit the highest-quality image you have within these parameters.

NOTE: By entering the contest, entrants grant Stanford University a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, exhibition, archival, scholarly, and all other standard purposes. Any photograph reproduced will include credits as feasible. Neither SGS nor Stanford University will be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

How to enter

To enter the contest, please submit your photo via this google form. If you have multiple entries, a separate google form is required for each entry. You must include the following information for each photo entry in order to be considered:

  1. Your full name and contact information
  2. Your affiliation to the department
  3. Category of entry
  4. Photo title
  5. Short description of your photo (what/who, your connection, when and why the photo was taken, etc.)
  6. The city, state, or country where the photo was taken

Please name your entries in the following manner: full name_title of entry_category.jpg
(i.e. Amy Johnson_Roses in the Garden_Landscape.jpg)

Deadline and judging

Entries must be submitted via google form no later than 11:00pm on May 15, 2024

Finalists will be announced end of May 2024.

For any questions, please contact Dylan Cha (pdios54 [at] (subject: 2023%20Photo%20contest, body: null) (dylancha[at]stanford[dot]edu))