Science photographers invited to enter prestigious new photo competition

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RPS launches new competition with inspirational images including 'Aurora Over A Glacier Lagoon', photographed by James Woodend (Image credit: James Woodend)

The Royal Photographic Society is accepting entries for a new competition conceived to celebrate achievements in science. 

Its Science Photographer of the Year 2019 competition is open to all ages and levels of expertise, and there are two categories: Science Photographer of the Year and Young Science Photographer of the Year (for entrants aged 18 years and under). 

Open to camera or smartphone shooters, entrants are required to take a visually appealing picture that tells a science story, and the winning images will be chosen by an expert panel including TV science presenter Dallas Campbell. 

What the  judges are looking for 

'Surface Tension' by Richard Germain, another inspirational image used to launch RPS Science Photographer of the Year 2019  (Image credit: Richard Germain)
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“The competition is open to everyone,” says RPS Science Exhibition Coordinator, Gary Evans. 

“We are looking for images from all ages that tell a story about science – how it is used, how it looks or how it impacts people’s lives. Fun or serious, the selectors will be looking for the story behind the picture as well as the visual impact it makes.” 

Dallas Campbell adds: “I am delighted to be involved in this competition. Science is all around us whether it be engineering, astronomy, the microscopic world or nature and what’s great is that you don’t even need professional camera equipment to capture it. 

“The competition makes science accessible to everyone via the readily available medium of photography and I am really looking forward to seeing the entries we receive.” 

Enter RPS Science Photographer of the Year today 

'Retina Ishihara Artwork' by Jonathan Brett helps launch RPS Science Photographer of the Year 2019  (Image credit: Jonathan Brett)
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The RPS's Science Photographer of the Year 2019 and Young Science Photographer of the Year 2019 winners will be announced at an event in London in October. 

The competition is £15 to enter (£12 for RPS members) and entry is free for those aged 18 and under. 

Up to five images can be uploaded – simply register and upload your images here (opens in new tab). The closing date is midnight on Friday 19 July 2019. 

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Niall is the editor of Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab), and has been shooting on interchangeable lens cameras for over 20 years, and on various point-and-shoot models for years before that. 


Working alongside professional photographers for many years as a jobbing journalist gave Niall the curiosity to also start working on the other side of the lens. These days his favored shooting subjects include wildlife, travel and street photography, and he also enjoys dabbling with studio still life. 


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