The final judging panel for the STFC Photowalk competition assembled at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire on Tuesday 10 January 2012, and have selected the winners in the following categories:
Laser light reflecting from a lipstick-sized autonomous robot developed to position mirrors in instruments that will be used in future large telescopes.
(Credit: Stuart McIntyre/STFC)
(£600 photographic equipment vouchers)
"I'm absolutely thrilled to win and certainly wasn't expecting it! The whole Photowalk experience was incredibly inspiring. Hopefully my photo captures just a little of the excitement and enthusiasm that really shone through on the day as the UK ATC scientists explained their work to us."
- Stuart McIntyre
Photo: 36-inch telescope at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh (home of the UK ATC)
(Credit: Eric Begbie / STFC)
Photo: A cold load calibration target manufactured for one of the radio telescopes in the Atacama Large Millimeter Array located in northern Chile.
(Credit: Micky Thompson / STFC)
Photo: A spectrometer at the National Centre for Electron Spectroscopy and Surface Analysis.
(Credit: Michael Coe / STFC)
Professor Ralph Jacobson from the Royal Photographic Society, who sat on the national judging panel, says: "We were extremely impressed with the overall very high standard of the photographs, especially in view of the challenging lighting and other conditions under which they were taken. Deciding on an overall winner was particularly difficult but in the end we felt Stuart McIntyre's shot was particularly successful in conveying the cutting-edge nature of the work undertaken by STFC."
Terry O’Connor, Director of Communications at STFC said: “These inaugural STFC Photowalks have been a tremendous success and we will be holding more in the future. We’re sure that the wonderful photographs produced will fire imaginations and raise the profile of the fascinating work that’s carried out at our sites, day in and day out, in the relentless quest for scientific progress”.
The panel were extremely impressed by the very high standard of the final 10 images and offered their congratulations to all who took part in the competition.
The STFC Photowalk competition welcomed over 200 amateur and professional photographers across three sites within the UK and received over 500 images showcasing STFC's science, facilities and landscapes.
Feedback was very positive, including:
'It really presented a unique chance to shoot the various environments'
'From a photographic perspective there was no lack of subject matter'
'I hope this will become a laboratory tradition'
'What a fascinating morning'