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Global Physics Photowalk 2018


Sponsored by the Interactions Collaboration and the Royal Photographic Society.

This year, the world’s biggest global photowalk returns. All over the world, amateur and professional photographers will have the chance to snap, shoot, click and capture scenes from some of the globe’s leading science facilities...

And it’s coming back to the UK.

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UK photowalks

STFC is providing unique access to its facilities within the UK – including, for the first time ever, Boulby Underground Laboratory.

Boulby is a unique site for physics research with an unrivalled legacy in the field of dark matter direct detection, and it continues to press forward with state-of-the-art technologies.

It’s built in Boulby Mine – a working salt, potash and polyhalite mine that runs 1,100 metres underneath the ground and offshore for miles, and out under the North Yorkshire Moors.

Places on each photowalk are limited, so don’t miss out:

  • Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington
    • Thursday 10 May
    • Tuesday 22 May
       
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire
    • Wednesday 23 May
    • Tuesday 12 June
       
  • Chilbolton Observatory, Hampshire
    • Friday 6 July
       
  • UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh
    • Tuesday 19 June
       
  • Boulby Underground Laboratory, Cleveland
    • Tuesday 3 July
       

Each photographer may, if they wish, enter a maximum of five photos which will be judged regionally by a nominated professional panel.

A regional prize will be awarded and the best 10 photographs from each site will be entered into a national competition. After the local and national competitions, winning photos will be submitted to the global final, with results announced later in the year.

Prizes

Local winners will receive £250 in vouchers, and the online public vote winner and the overall national winner will each receive £750 in vouchers.

Please read the full terms and conditions for more details.

Please note: These terms and conditions were updated on the 19th July 2018 to ensure consistency with the international competition.

Site Information

Things to see and photograph at Daresbury Laboratory:

  • Cockcroft and ASTec laboratories
     
  • Multi-disciplinary engineering projects, including some of the largest international science collaborations; development and maintenance of STFC’s own world-leading research facilities and projects

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

Things to see and photograph at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL):

  • ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
     
  • Central Laser Facility
     
  • Scientific Computing
     
  • RAL Space facility

RAL is a working laboratory therefore access to the facilities listed above is subject to availability and may change.

Things to see and photograph at Chilbolton Observatory:

  • 25m steerable antenna and Control Room
     
  • Satellite antenna ground station
     
  • Meteorological instruments (rain gauges, anemometers, lightning detectors, radiometers etc.)
     
  • LOFAR (outdoor instrument used for radio astronomy)

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

Things to see and photograph at UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC)

  • Historic site with turn-of-the-century architecture
     
  • Workshops and laboratories
     
  • Crawford main lab and adaptive optics bench
     
    • Large cranes, handling gear and clean tents
       
  • Potentially the Crawford Library (no flash photography)

UK ATC is a working laboratory therefore access to the facilities listed above is subject to availability and may change.

Things to see and photograph at Boulby Underground Laboratory:

  • DRIFT directional dark matter detector
     
  • Germanium detectors
     
  • Clean room
     
  • Miscellaneous low-background and underground science projects

Please note: The Boulby Underground Laboratory photowalk will take place on a single afternoon only due to the logistics of physically getting the staff and visitors underground safely. The session will begin with refreshments, and an introductory talk and strict health and safety briefing.

Boulby Underground Laboratory is a working laboratory therefore access to the facilities listed above is subject to availability and may change.

If you have any questions, please contact the events team: events@stfc.ac.uk.

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