STFC Photo Walks 2012

August 6, 2012 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Events | 1 Comment |
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The UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has announced a number of photo walks giving photographers unique ‘behind the scenes’ access to a number of British science laboratories. The science Photo Walks will be held at the Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire (11 September), Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire (13 September), Chilbolton Observatory in Hampshire (19 September) and United Kingdom Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) in Edinburgh (21 September). Photographers will be able to enter their images to a regional, national and international competition for public and expert judging. The best British images will qualify for an international competition against images from laboratories in the United States, Germany, Italy and Canada. Places on the Photo Walks are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Photographers interested in taking part in this free event can register online from 2pm today at the website below.

Website: STFC

STFC Press Release

Capture the thrill of Britain’s best science: national photography competition opens

The discovery of the Higgs Boson, insights into the formation of new stars in distant galaxies, new drug treatments, some of the world’s fastest supercomputers crunching new weather models…..science in the UK has enjoyed many successes in recent months.

Amateur and professional photographers are now being given unique ‘behind the scenes’ access to British science laboratories at the forefront of many of these research successes – but space is limited and early registration is required.

The science Photo Walks will be held at the Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire (11 September), Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire (13 September), Chilbolton Observatory in Hampshire (19 September) and United Kingdom Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) in Edinburgh (21 September).

Photographers will be able to enter their images to a regional, national and international competition for public and expert judging. Judges will include award-winning photographer Max Alexander who said: “The inaugural Photo Walk competition in 2011 was a fantastic success, producing spectacular photographs of cutting edge science, and I am delighted to be a judge again this year. The Photo Walks are a unique opportunity for members of the public and enthusiastic photographers to capture dynamic images at some of the UK’s leading science and technology facilities. I thoroughly recommend entering this competition to get behind the scenes of these inspiring and world class facilities.”

Last year’s national and UK ATC regional winning photographer, Stuart McIntyre, said: “The Photo Walks provide an opportunity to take some unique photographs as well as a chance to meet scientists who are at the top of their field. The whole experience was incredibly inspiring. The excitement and enthusiasm really shone through on the day as the UK ATC scientists explained their work to us.”

Last year’s Daresbury Laboratory regional winner, Michael Coe, said: “For many years I have driven past the facility and as an engineer have always been curious about what went on there. It was great to have the chance to visit, and the experimental rigs are quality bits of kit. As a keen photographer, I found it a challenge to produce stimulating images of complex arrays of metal.”

The best British images will qualify for an international competition against images from laboratories in the United States, Germany, Italy and Canada.

Places on the Photo Walks are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. On registering, applicants will be sent a full information pack including factsheets on the facilities that will be visited during the tour. All participating photographers must be 18 years old or over.

Photographers interested in taking part in this free event can register online from 2pm on Monday August 6th at
http://www.stfc.ac.uk/stfcforms/STFCPhotowalk2012.aspx

To follow the build-up to the Photo Walk, go to Twitter @STFC_Matters


Photo: Eric Begbie, STFC Photowalk Competition 2011 Online Vote Winner



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