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2013 Photo Competition: "Geography in Focus"

The AAG's competition for 2013 was entitled "Geography in Focus". We were looking for photos that celebrated geography and geographers. Categories for the competition were: Geography at Work, Unique People and Landscapes, What a Geographer Looks Like, and My Geogrepahy Story (photo essay). Five winners received cash prizes and were recognized at the Annual Meeting in Los Angeles (April 2013), along with seven honorable mention awardees.


David McGinnis with "Blazing Feet"
During a dance among young Maasai men, they stepped through some soil that included rust-colored particles that got picked up on their feet. As they danced away, their feet appeared to be on fire.


Erkan Kalenderli with "Camel and Man"
Geographical tissue of Cappadocia


Joanna Merson with "Phoenix on Fire"

The Phoenix, Arizona skyline as viewed from Camelback Mountain, November 2012. Spectacular sunsets are characteristic of the desert city, and on this particular night, we saw Mie scattering at its best. 

Alicia Bravo with "Let's Make a Map"

Some kids helping to make a map of their community in the Peruvian Highlands. Tambobamba, Abancay Province


Geoffrey DeVerteuil with "Urban Juxtapositions"


Alton Byers with "Khumjung Village, Nepal"

Caroline Faria with "Styling a New Nation"

Xingjian Liu with "Lovers' Locks on the Mountain Hua"

Meredith DeBoom with "Etosa: Edge of the Earth"


Emma Gaalaas Mullaney with "Cultivating Socio-Ecological Diversity"

Brian Baldwin with "Disney Tibet"

Jeff Frenierre with "Chimborazo"

Entrants take full responsibility for photos submitted. Photos submitted must be the original work of the entrant who submitted them. The AAG is not responsible for copyright infringment or infringement on the rights of any other parties. The AAG reserves the right to disqualify any image it believes infringes upon the rights of any party. The AAG also reserves the right to not make an award selection if submissions are insufficient, at the discretion of the AAG. Obscene or inappropriate images will be automatically disqualified at the discretion of the AAG. If a winner cannot be contacted, the AAG reserves the right to offer prizes to a runner up. The AAG does not accept responsibility for entires that are lost, damaged, or delayed, and entries will not be returned. For each photo cubmitted, the entrant gives consent that the AAG may use images for outreach and education activities without competnsation or prior approval, and acknowledges that they have obtained appropriate permissions from parties included in images. By entering the contest, entrants have agreed to follow all of the rules listed above.

With support from the AAG's NSF funded ALIGNED project.