Photo courtesy Gould, Sarah Title: Bandit Spirit (Tromba Jiriky) Caption: Mahajanga, July 28, 2012 A young boy is possessed by a bandit spirit (Tromba jiriky), guarding the Sakalava shrine in Mahajanga.

AAA congratulates 2013 Photo Contest Winners in the People category: Stephanie Borios, Dawn Burns, MaryBeth Chrostowsky, Richard Freeman, Matthew M Gervais, Sarah Gould, Jesse Grebler Hull, Doranne Jacobson, Dick Powis and Evgenia Weichsel.  Be sure to also view the winning photographs in the Place and Process & Practice categories.

AAA members voted on their favorite photos in September and Anthropology News is pleased to present the photos here.  We’d like to thank everybody who participated in this year’s photo contest, either by entering photos or by voting.

Top Selection in People Category: Bandit Spirit (Tromba Jiriky) by Sarah Gould

 Bandit Spirit (Tromba Jiriky)

Title: Bandit Spirit (Tromba Jiriky) Caption: Mahajanga, July 28, 2012 A young boy is possessed by a bandit spirit (Tromba jiriky), guarding the Sakalava shrine in Mahajanga. Photo courtesy Sarah Gould

Hamaca Weaving by Jesse Grebler Hull

Hamaca Weaving

Title: Hamaca Weaving (Tinum, Yucatan, Mexico. July 2011)Caption: In Tinum life revolves around the land, family, work, and food. Every person has a role, understood and accepted, only changing as the generations change. Here a woman weaves a hamaca, used by the Maya to relax and sleep in. The inhabitants of Tinum work harder than any people I have ever met, but they seem to do it with an understanding that together they are creating something, that their work is a form of sustenance in itself. Photo courtesy Jesse Grebler Hull

Hindu Ascetics Taking Cell Phone Photos at the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India by Doranne Jacobson

Hindu ascetics taking cell phone photos at the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India

Title: Hindu ascetics taking cell phone photos at the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India Caption: Two members of the Juna Akhara, an order of holy men known for strict ascetism, clad in sacred ash in emulation of Lord Shiva, are among approximately 900 million mobile phone users in India. The holy men were participating in the Kumbh Mela, the world’s largest religious gathering, at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers, in February, 2013. Cell phone usage is expanding dramatically in India, bringing significant change to social interactions throughout the country. Photo courtesy Doranne Jacobson

Manbo Salutes the lwa by Richard Freeman

Manbo Salutes the lwa

Title: Manbo salutes the lwa Caption: Little Haiti, Miami, FL, January 3, 2013. In Vodou ceremonies, only a manbo or ongan (priestess/priest) can touch the sacred ason (rattle) which is used to call the lwa (spirit). This image was taken in Little Haiti in Miami, FL at the Temple (hounfor) of Ongan Michelet Tobosse Alisma named Societe Linto Roi Trois Mysteres. Photo courtesy Richard Freeman (for the NEH-funded Vodou Archive project)

Will History Repeat Itself? by MaryBeth Chrostowsky

Will History Repeat Itself?

Title: Will History Repeat Itself? Caption: Dinka boy envies his older brothers toy gun made from mud. Photo courtesy MaryBeth Chrostowsky

The Creature by Dawn Burns

The Creature

Title: The Creature (Venice Beach, California ) Caption: Venice Beach, California is a place unlike any other. Many lifestyles blend seamlessly to create a unique culture. It is Dogtown, the birthplace of extreme skateboarding. It is the land of medical marijuana, where those who walk the Boardwalk are encouraged to “get legal” by the proprietors of numerous clinics. It is Muscle Beach, where bodybuilders such as Arnold Schwarzenegger have pumped iron. Of all the attractions in Venice, the “Venice Beach Freakshow” is one of the most popular. Marcus “The Creature” Boykin, of the attraction, enthusiastically posed for me to represent one facet of Venice Beach culture. “The Creature” offers us a glimpse at one of the many colorful locals of Venice. Photo courtesy Dawn Burns

Drawing Plants by Stephanie Borios

Drawing Plants

Title: Drawing Plants (Peasant community in the Cuzco Department (Peru), October 2012) Caption: That day I was walking on the hillside with my young friend and informant to get some olluco. On our way towards the storage room where the tuber was kept, we stopped several times to play. On one of these occasions, she started to draw on rocks and suddenly a chamomile plant appeared. Maybe because she knew that my research had to do with children’s plant knowledge. Photo courtesy Stephanie Borios

Focus by Dick Powis


Title: Focus Caption: Dakar, Senegal. 06.14.2013. Tea, or ataaya in Wolof, is regarded as both a digestive and the foundation of friendships. Circles of friends called ndaje (reunion) share three rounds of tea and each round can take as long as 45 minutes to prepare. One of the many steps in the meticulous process is aeration, seen here, which requires skillful dexterity and focus. Tea is poured from one glass into the other over and over; foam builds faster and in quantity with greater distance between the glasses. Veteran tea makers even have hand flourishes that animate the process. Photo courtesy Dick Powis

Dating by Evgenia Weichsel


Title: Dating Caption: They sat the men and women across from each other and the men played their chosen instrument to woo their chosen partner. Music is a very important part in relation between women and men. It is a way to express feelings, to describe inner emotions. Men usually can play on many instruments and choose them based on their mood. The man on the photograph plays a wind instrument. He believes that this is the right way to have a place in her heart. Papua New Guinea, Eastern Highlands Province Papua New Guinea, Goroka, January 2011. Photo courtesy Evgenia Weichsel

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