Thursday, 11 October 2012


The Royal Anthropological Institute has launched its third international photo competition. The Body Canvas is open to anyone interested in photography, anthropology and science communication and explores the topic of body art and modification. Categories include: 1) tattoos and scarification, 2) piercings and body reshaping. 

Deadline for submissions is 31st October 2012.  

For prizes, guidelines please see attached and below or visit:
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.

For further information and submission guidelines please visit: