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Nationalities Papers Photo Contest


The annual photo contest rewards scholars for the best photos from their fieldwork. These photos are judged in terms of their content, synthesis, and visually compelling insights about nationalism, ethnicity, or migration. The photo submissions should be accompanied by a brief description (300-400 words) of how the photo relates to the fieldwork of the applicant in particular and nationalism, ethnicity or migration in general. This is the second year of the photo contest.

The contest is judged by a jury comprised of former winners of the contest and leading scholars from the editorial board of Nationalities Papers. The membership of the jury changes every year and is led by the editor-in-chief of the journal and supported by the managing editor. The 6 prize-winning photographs will be featured on the cover of Nationalities Papers. The photographer(s) will be acknowledged in the journal.

  • May 15, 2024: Contest closes for entries, nominees are notified.
  • May 18, 2024: The winners will be announced at the Convention and on our social media platforms.

1. The Nationalities Papers Photo contest is open to all members of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) and published authors of Nationalities Papers (including forthcoming).

2. The photographer(s) must be the author(s) of the pictures submitted in his/her/their name.

3. The photographer(s) must be the copyright holder(s) of the photos.

4. A photo can only be entered once. Photos submitted more than once will be removed from the contest.

5. Photos should not have been published elsewhere.

6. Photos must meet the following specifications:

  • Submit images with the original pixel size.
  • Must be uploaded in JPEG format with high quality compression.
  • Photos must not show the name of the photographer or any other information.
  • Photos must have accurate captions written in English with all of the important information (fieldwork location, description of the scene, date, etc.).
  • The content of a photo must not be edited.
  • Only entries submitted via email to [email protected] (Subject line: NP Photo Contest 2024) will be accepted by May 15, 2024, noon EST.

7. Copyright holders of all the submitted photos grant Nationalities Papers unlimited nonexclusive use of high-resolution photos for activities in all media, including social media, online and print, in relation to the contest, the journal, the ASN website, the annual convention program, the public archive, and all promotional and educational activities for and under the auspices of Nationalities Papers and ASN, without any remuneration being due.

8. By submitting a photo, scholars warrant that the submission of the photos does not breach any law, and further that no third party can hold any claims or any objections regarding the rights granted to Nationalities Papers specified in article 7. The copyright holders will hold Nationalities Papers harmless of any claims from third parties related hereto.

9. The entry rules and any dispute, proceedings, or claim of whatever nature arising out of or in any way relating to the entry rules (including any non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by U.S. law.

10. Any dispute arising from the entry rules (whether contractual or noncontractual) shall be decided solely and exclusively by the competent court of New York.

11. The conditions set out in the entry rules are binding, and Nationalities Papers reserves the right to refuse or exclude any entry at its own discretion.

2024 Nationalities Papers Photo Contest Committee

The winners of the 6th Nationalities Papers Photo Contest in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies will be chosen by the following scholars:

  • Rimante Jaugaite (U of Bologna, Italy)
  • Dragana Svraka (APSA)
  • Kristina Jonutytė (Vilnius University, Lithuania) 
2023 winners:

Rimante Jaugaite (U of Bologna, Italy)

Véronique Labonté (U Laval, Canada)

Dragana Svraka (APSA)

Hélène Thibault (Nazarbayev U, Kazakhstan)

Harry Mylonas (GWU, US)

Kristina Jonutytė  (Vilnius University, Lithuania)

Submit your photos and brief descriptions electronically by emailing them to Ned Whalley, Managing Editor of Nationalities Papers: [email protected]

2023 Nationalities Papers Prize