The Body Canvas Photo Competition

The Royal Anthropological Institute is holding their third international photography contest. The theme is The Body Canvas and the contest is open to anybody interested in anthropology, photography and science communication.


The RAI’s Body Canvas photo competition aims to:

• promote public engagement with the RAI’s Education Outreach Programme

• provide a platform for people to share their work and become actively involved in anthropology

• develop an understanding for the personal, social and political reasons why people undergo permanent body modification

• explore the many ways in which communities around the world develop and express relationships with their bodies

• explore the industry of body modification, the artists, doctors and craftsmen who practise their trade

The submissions we are looking for:

Engaging photographs that explore biological, cross-cultural and social elements of body art and modification in relation to these categories:

1) Tattoos and Scarification

2) Piercings and Body Reshaping


Who can participate?

The competition is open to anyone interested in anthropology, photography and science communication.


What do contestants win?

All short-listed and winning contestants will have their work published in RAI online and printed materials. In addition, for each thematic category a £100 gift voucher will be awarded to the winning photograph.


Deadline for submissions 30th September 2012


For further information and submission guidelines please visit:

Alternatively please find attached to this email:
1) Photo Contest Registration Form

2) Full details of the Contest

3) The Contest Flyer


To get some ideas, take a look at our previous photo competitions on our flickr page: