Calling all photographers! Current World Archaeology Photo of the Year 2024


As summer comes to an end, this is the perfect time to reflect on memories of your heritage-filled travels or visits to historical sites. Photography offers a wonderful way to capture and experience the sights and splendours of archaeology around the world. Whether you’ve been looking back at photos from previous holidays, venturing out to sites near you or on trips further afield, or busy working on archaeological projects, we want to see your best photos on a heritage theme. These can be photos that you have taken recently, or at any point in the past. Send them to us for your chance to win first prize in our annual CWA Photo Competition and have your work showcased in the magazine.

The West Cemetery of Meroë, Sudan by Nickolas Warner (Winner 2023)
The vase in the flooded cave by Martin Broen (Winner 2022) 
The ancient city of Chersonesos  by Vitalii Popkov (Winner 2021) 
Spreading a shadow over a weary past, Sissi, Crete by Gavin McGuire (Winner 2020)

The winning image and three runners-up will be featured in CWA and at the CA Live! 2024 conference in London on 24 February. The overall winner will get two free tickets to the conference, and will receive a Current World Archaeology trophy.


(maximum FIVE per person)
Images must be high resolution
By email to with the subject line: CWA PHOTO COMPETITION 2024

Closing date: 29 January 2024

The judges’ decision is final, and prize-winners (only) will be notified of results by 12 February 2024


Entrants can submit up to 5 images with an archaeological theme ± please include details of the site or artefact photographed, when each image was taken, and your contact information including a postal address. Photos of any world location may be submitted. Please use the highest resolution you have.

Copyright will remain with the photographer. However, by entering this competition you agree to Current Publishing using the images for possible exhibition, publication, or promotional use. It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that all necessary permissions are obtained from any person featured in a photograph and ± if required ± for any archaeological material. Photographers flying drones should obtain required permissions from any site pictured. All photos entered must be done so under an individual’s name. By submitting images you confirm that you are the copyright holder and creator of the image, and that you will be responsible for any claims by any third party. Entrants must be 18 or over. The competition is open to all amateur and professional photographers. Amateur and professional entries will not be judged separately.

The winners will be featured in the magazine and at the CA Live! 2024 conference, and the overall winner will receive two free tickets to the conference and a CWA trophy. 

The judges’ decision is final and prize-winners (only) will be notified of results by 12 February 2024.