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Association of American Geographers
2013 Photo Competition

The Association of American Geographers (AAG) is pleased to announce the winners of a photo competition that was created to celebrate geography and geographers in preparation for the 2013 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California (9-13 April 2013). Five winners received cash prizes and will be recognized at the annual meeting along with seven honorable mention awardees. 

First place winner: 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.

Second place winner: Erkan Kalenderli with "Camel and Man"
Geographical tissue of Cappadocia

Third place winners: Joanna Merson with "Phoenix on Fire" and  Alicia Bravo with "Let's Make a Map"
"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.

"Let's Make a Map": Some kids helping to make a map of their community in the Peruvian Highlands. Tambobamba, Abancay Province

Winning photo story: Geoffrey DeVerteuil with "Urban Juxtapositions"
Please click here to view the photo story.

Honorable mention photographs:
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"

Honorable mention photo stories:
Emma Gaalaas Mullaney
with "Cultivating Socio-Ecological Diversity"
Please click here to view the photo story.
Brian Baldwin with "Disney Tibet"
Please click here to view the photo story.
Jeff Frenierre with "Chimborazo"
Please click here to view the photo story.

Categories for the 2013 photo competition were:
Geography at Work: Geographers an non-geographers using geography and geographic technologies in their communities. Wanted: "action shots"

Unique People and Landscapes: Interesting people and/or physical settings in your community or around the world.

What a Geographer Looks Like: People of different cultures, ages, ethnic backgrounds and life experiences coming together in geography and the geosciences. Wanted: "people shots"

My Geography Story: Photo essays (5-7 photos) which tell us a geography story. (What is a photo essay? Please click here for more information).

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.