Home And Away

Copy of Australian Network of Student Anthropologists (2)

How to Enter 

This year, we’re asking ANSA members to reflect visually on what it means to be both home and/or away… and no we're not talking about the television drama show!

Perhaps it is a way of seeing something at home in a new and unexpected way, exploring a new environment for the first time, or even trying to capture that quintessential essence of what makes home, home for you.

Applicants are asked to respond to the 2021 theme by submitting no more than three works per category by October 22.

Applicants are also asked to prepare a short statement (no longer than 500 words) to complement their entries.

The three categories are:

1. Film

2. Photography

3. Graphic Art/Design

Entries are open now and will close on October 22.

Applicants are eligible to enter as many times as they wish. Applicants must be members of the Australian Network of Student Anthropologists and currently be enrolled as a student at an Australian Institution. You can join ANSA for free here. You can view 2020's winning entries here.


The winners will receive $150 cash prize and be announced during the Australian Anthropological Society's virtual conference

If you have any questions, you can email us ansa.exec@gmail.com

Our Judges


Natasha Fijn is an ethnographic researcher and observational filmmaker based at the ANU Mongolia Institute. Her ongoing interest is in cross-cultural perceptions and attitudes towards other animals; as well as the use of the visual, particularly observational filmmaking, as an integral part of her research. Her ethnographic fieldwork has been based in the Khangai Mountains of Mongolia and Arnhem Land in northern Australia, involving engagement with human-animal relations and concepts of domestication. Since 2016 her research focus has been on multispecies medicine in Mongolia.

She was awarded a Fejos Fellowship in Ethnographic Film, funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation to make a film 'Two Seasons: multispecies medicine in Mongolia' during 2017. She was a research fellow within an international team ‘Domestication in the Era of the Anthropocene’ at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Oslo in 2016. She has edited a number of themed issues on visual anthropology and observational filmmaking. A monograph, ‘Living with Herds: human-animal coexistence in Mongolia’ was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011 and was recently released in paperback.


Angie Bexley is the Deputy Director of the Children's Policy and Centre and Senior Research Fellow at the Poverty and Inequality Centre at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.

Angie was awarded PhD in cultural anthropology from ANU in 2010. In her thesis, she used film and photography to document the ways that young people used visual culture in Timor-Leste to forge their identities during the Indonesian occupation and after Independence. Since then, Angie has continued to use visual anthropology across different settings.

In 2014, Angie embarked on a collaboration with Indonesian artists and chefs to document changing food cultures in Indonesia. Angie also used photography to document the Indonesian parliamentary elections for the ABC and other news outlets. Managing a large-scale social inclusion program in Indonesia, Angie made films that were integral to promoting a human rights agenda in Indonesia. In her public policy work, Angie continues to prioritise visual methods to do research with children and young people, and to communicate research outcomes to policy makers.