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Photowalk Winners 2014

The winner of the 2014 STFC Photowalk competition is John Willoughby. This year, similar to previous years, we have seen a selection of fabulous photographs bringing to life in different ways a selection of our science facilities.

Following the online vote, the top 40 entries were judged by a national judging panel comprising of professional scientists and photographers.

The National Winner Photographer: John Willoughby

The Polref instrument in ISIS’ Target Station 2 takes centre stage. The photographer captures some of the multitude of cables and pipes needed to operate the instrument
(Credit: STFC/John Willoughby)

We asked John about the experience of entering such an unusual competition:

“It's great to enter a competition doing something I love to do, which is taking pictures. This is the third time I have visited RAL for a Photowalk and I have enjoyed each one. It's a privilege to get behind the scenes access to scientific facilities."

“I was carrying my wide angle lens so used it to emphasise the scale of the ISIS building. I like to look up above eye level and thought the lines and colours of the pipework would make for an interesting shot. I am glad I took it!”


As well as the formal judging the regional finalists were put to an online vote:

Online Winner Photographer: Mike Tyldesley

At one with the machines’ - ASTeC employee, Oleg Malyshev, working in the Vacuum laboratory at the Cockcroft Institute.
(Credit: STFC/Mike Tyldesley)


Highly Commended Photographer: Katharine Barnes

The access service tunnel running underneath the Chilbolton Observatory in Hampshire.
(Credit: STFC/Katharine Barnes)

“This is my first entry into a photographic competition, I entered as I thought it would be an interesting day out and Chilbolton Observatory is not a place you get to visit every day. I was not disappointed, I had a fantastic day the staff and volunteers could not have been more helpful and knowledgeable. The groups were well organised and I did not feel rushed to move from site to site. The 5 areas to take pictures of were well chosen and gave plenty of opportunity to take interesting and different images.”


Regional Winners:

Chilbolton, Hampshire Photographer: Mervyn Edwards

The 6.1m antenna scans the sky at the Chilbolton Observatory
(Credit: STFC/Mervyn Edwards)


Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire Photographer: Paul Worpole

A vacuum vessel with glass viewing port.
(Credit: STFC/Paul Worpole)


Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire Photographer: John Willoughby (Also overall National Winner)

The Polref instrument in ISIS’ Target Station 2 takes centre stage. The photographer captures some of the multitude of cables and pipes needed to operate the instrument.
(Credit: STFC/John Willoughby)


UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC), Edinburgh Photographer: Eric Begbie

"Lines made with light" - diffraction gratings at the UK ATC.
(Credit: STFC/Eric Begbie)


Congratulations to all our entries. Shortly all of the entries will be available to view on Flickr.

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