Lisa Ward's overall winning image
STFC today announced the winners of its 2012 Photowalk competition, which showcases some of the UK’s leading-edge science and world-class technical facilities.
More than 200 amateur and professional photographers took part across four STFC sites: the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) in Edinburgh, Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire, the Chilbolton Observatory in Hampshire and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.
Dr Andrew Taylor, Executive Director National Laboratories said: “This second series of STFC Photowalks have been a tremendous success and the images produced help to capture a little of the incredible science that goes on at our sites in a fresh and exciting way. We’re sure that the winning photographs produced will fire imaginations and raise the profile of the fascinating work that’s carried out at our sites”.
Regional judging of the 2012 STFC Photowalk in October led to a shortlist of forty images. The public then voted online to decide which ten images were the most inspiring and spectacular. Over 1400 votes were received from members of the public and the following six winners were selected from that list by national and regional judging panels:
- Trip to CERN - Mrs Lisa Ward won with a shot of the 25m Chilbolton dish antenna
- £250 Jessops vouchers - Mr Greg Harding
- £250 Jessops vouchers - Mr Vince Mo
- £250 Jessops vouchers - Mr William Pain
- £250 Jessops vouchers - Dr Roger Dingley
- £250 Jessops vouchers - Mrs Angela Davison
Overall winner Lisa Ward said “The Photowalk experience at STFC Chilbolton was hugely inspiring and I am grateful for the opportunity to take some wonderful photographs during my visit. I am thrilled and pleasantly surprised to have won and I hope that my image of the 25m dish at the Chilbolton Observatory captures a little of the essence of the antenna used to analyse extreme weather conditions”
Editorial and commercial photographer Max Alexander sat on the national judging panel and said: "The stunning winner of this year’s STFC Photowalk competition really does give a sense of looking down on our blue planet. It perfectly encapsulates the ground-breaking science undertaken in the UK, and places those endeavours in our cosmic habitat – no easy thing to do."
Roger Dingley, who was the Chilbolton Regional winner said “This is the first significant public photographic prize I have ever won so it is quite special. I enjoyed the challenge of creating an image to express your cutting edge technology from a few bits of wire and poles stuck in some reinforcing mesh as the subject!”
The winning photos can be viewed at the Photowalk website