STFC National Photowalk Competition

In partnership with the Royal Photographic Society

Between June and July 2014, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) staged their third photo walk competition, providing 204 photographers with ‘behind-the-scenes’ access to world leading facilities at each of the main STFC sites within the UK:

  • UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh;
     
  • Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire;
     
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire;
     
  • Chilbolton Observatory, Hampshire

The competition has, once again, been a huge success welcoming 204 photographers onto STFC sites, resulting in 700 images being submitted to the competition and a further 2,400 additional images being submitted to STFC for use in artwork, publications, website etc.

Judging is now complete and our panel of professional scientists and photographers have chosen their winners. Please click here to find out who the lucky winners are.

The winners will be awarded the following prizes:

  • Each regional site winner will receive £250 of vouchers.
     
  • The online public vote winner and the overall national winner will each receive the choice of a trip to CERN with one guest (29th – 30th January 2015 dates non-transferable) or £750 of vouchers.

The prizes will be as stated and cannot be deferred or transferred. There will be no cash alternatives. In the case of the public vote and national winner being the same only one prize will be offered.

The winners, and other selected photos will be displayed on the STFC and Royal Photographic Society websites and used publicly by STFC at various venues.

Site Information

Photographers (both amateur and professional) are invited to a behind-the-scenes photowalk at Chilbolton Observatory.

Photographers will have the opportunity to visit free of charge, explore and take photographs of the different areas of the site, the instruments and the science and technology that take place at the observatory.

Chilbolton Observatory, a 76 hectare site surrounded by arable land in rural Hampshire, offers the opportunity to take some wonderful photographs of the site as well as the world-leading science and technology that is conducted there. Photographers will have access to a number of world class scientific research facilities and equipment, including:

  • 25m antenna
  • various vantages outside
  • drive machinery inside
  • radio equipment inside
  • antenna in motion
  • Control room
    • Monitor display
    • Equipment in racks
  • Lidar lab – optical bench setup
  • Millimetre wave laboratory – microwave hardware being assembled/tested on bench
  • Lofar server room
  • Lofar field station
  • Cloud radars
  • Ground station
  • 500 Metre Test Range
    • Ordinary met instruments (rain gauges, anemometers, )
    • More exotic met instruments (lightning detectors, radiometers, )
  • Wildlife

** The Chilbolton Observatory is a working laboratory therefore access to the facilities listed above is subject to availability and may change **

Find out more about the Chilbolton Observatory

Photographers (both amateur and professional) are invited to a behind-the-scenes photowalk at Daresbury Laboratory.

Photographers will have the opportunity to visit free of charge, explore and take photographs of the different areas of the site, the instruments and the science and technology that take place at the observatory.

Daresbury Laboratory is located in the middle of the Cheshire countryside alongside the Bridgewater canal where you will not go short of photography inspiration. There is also the 'Dipole Henge', which was constructed from dipole vacuum vessels, taken from the decommissioned Synchrotron Radiation Source (SRS) and include the following:

  • ALICE
  • EMMA
  • Hartree
  • Cockcroft Laboratories
  • Engineering Technology Centre
  • ITAC laboratories
  • Outer Hall
  • Machine Halls
  • Leverhulme & Crosfield (Visualisation suites)
  • External areas including the outside of the Tower and Dipole henge

** The Daresbury Laboratory is a working laboratory therefore access to the facilities listed above is subject to availability and may change **

Find out more about the Daresbury Laboratory

Photographers (both amateur and professional) are invited to a behind-the-scenes photowalk at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Photographers will have the opportunity to visit free of charge, explore and take photographs of the different areas of the site, the instruments and the science and technology that take place at the laboratory.

RAL, set in the beautiful rolling Downs of South Oxfordshire, offers the opportunity to take some wonderful photographs of the site as well as the world-leading science and technology that is conducted there including:

  • ISIS
    • Target Station 1
    • Target Station 2
    • Ion Source Laboratory
  • Central Laser Facility
    • Vulcan
    • Gemini
    • Target Fabrication
  • Scientific Computing
    • Machine Rooms
  • RALSpace
    • AIV
    • Control Room
    • Precision Development Facility
  • Technology
    • Advanced Materials
  • Lasers for Science
  • Cryogenics
  • Metrology

** The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a working laboratory therefore access to the facilities listed above is subject to availability and may change **

Find out more about the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Photographers (both amateur and professional) are invited to a behind-the-scenes photowalk at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre.

Photographers will have the opportunity to visit free of charge, explore and take photographs of the different areas of the site, the instruments and the science and technology that take place at the observatory.

The UKATC is set within the grounds of the Italianate Royal Observatory building on Blackford Hill, two miles south of the centre of Edinburgh, and offers the opportunity to take some wonderful photographs of the site as well as the world-leading science and technology that is conducted here.

Taking part in the photowalk at the UKATC will offer photographers access to a number of world class scientific research facilities and equipment, including:

  • the 36inch telescope dome and the rooftop gallery
  • the workshop
  • Optics Laboratory
  • Electronics Laboratory
  • Materials Laboratory
  • Crawford Library containing the historic books – booked in advance
  • Crawford Laboratories
  • External architecture and grounds

** The UK Astronomy Technology Centre is a working laboratory therefore access to the facilities listed above is subject to availability and may change **

Find out more about the UK Astronomy Technology Centre

If you have any questions please contact:

Mark Wells
STFC Strategic Events Manager
01793 442100 or 07899 945493
Andy McKinna
STFC Events Officer
01793 442040

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