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SVA Awards

The John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography

The John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography is awarded periodically to a photographer whose work exemplifies the use of photography for research and communication of anthropological knowledge. The awardee can be nominated by any member of the SVA at any time. A letter of nomination and any supporting material should accompany a copy of the creative work submission. Once a nomination is received the Board appoints a committee to decide on its merits. A book or exhibit can be nominated for an award. Nominations for the Collier Prize should be submitted by June 30 of each year to any current member of the SVA Board of Directors. A letter of nomination should accompany a copy of the creative work submission. A committee of three, appointed by the SVA Board, will review the works and award-winners will be notified in advance of the annual AAA meetings so that they might consider attending. In addition to having their production presented during AAA, winners will receive a prize and a certificate of the award.


Past Winners

2013 Winner

  • Refracted Visions: Popular Photography and National Modernity in Java by Karen Strassler (2010: Duke University Press)

2012 Winners

  • Moving Images: John Layard, Fieldwork, and Photography on Malakula since 1914. Haidy Geismar and Anita Herle. (2011: University of Hawaii Press)
  • Arapaho Journeys: Photographs and Stories from The Wind River Reservation. Sara Wiles (2011: University of Oklahoma Press)

2008 Winners
Joanna Cohan Scherer for A Danish Photographer of Idaho Indians: Benedicte Wrenstead (2006).

2006 Winner
Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals. Andrea Heckman.

2002 Winners

  • The Ones That Are Wanted: Communication and the Politics of Representation in a Photographic Exhibition. Corinne Kratz. (2001: University of California Press)
  • Changing Works: Visions of a Lost Agriculture. Douglas Harper. (2001: University of Chicago Press)


Lifetime Achievement Awards
Lifetime Achievement Awards are given to individuals whose body of work is recognized for its exemplary impact on the field of anthropology. When a Lifetime Achievement Award is given to someone whose work has been featured in the SVA’s Film, Video and Interactive Media Festival, the awardee will be honored at the Festival’s Award Ceremony.

Past Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award for 2009
Richard Chalfen
Asen Balicki

Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008
Karl Heider


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