Global Physics Photowalk 2018

14 March 2018

Major science laboratories from around the world today announced a Global Physics Photowalk competition, open to amateur and professional photographers. Physics facilities in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America will open their doors for a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes of some of the world’s most exciting and ground-breaking science.

The photowalk will involve local and national competitions, with the winning national photos submitted to a global judging panel. Organised by the Interactions Collaboration, and supported by the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), the global shortlist will be announced in August, followed by a public vote.

Confirmed locations include CERN – the home of the Large Hadron Collider – as well as underground laboratories in the US, Australia and the UK; and labs and facilities in Italy, the UK, the US, Canada, and – for the first time – China.

Mark Richardson, Chair of the RPS Science Committee, said: “This is a fantastic celebration of the stunning beauty of science on an international scale. The world’s best scientific research is based on international collaboration, a worldwide melting pot of expertise and technologies, each working for the benefit of our global society and economy. The photowalk is a rare opportunity to capture work behind the scenes at the world’s best international laboratories and capture it, frame by frame.”

Dr Andrew Taylor, Executive Director of the National Laboratories for the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council, said: “We are incredibly excited to be hosting a photowalk at our national laboratories. It’s a unique opportunity for photographers to see some of the incredible science that happens here in the UK, and to share it with the public in a new and exciting way.”

Further details for the STFC Photowalk can be found online.

International competition participating laboratories:

CoEPP – Australia
Stawell Underground Lab

CERN – Switzerland/France

INFN – Italy
Frascati National Laboratories
Southern National Laboratories
Legnaro National Laboratories

Institute of High Energy Physics – China

Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire
Chilbolton Observatory, Hampshire
UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh
Boulby Underground Laboratory, Cleveland

TRIUMF – Canada

Brookhaven National Laboratory – USA


Fermilab – USA

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab – USA

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory – USA

Places for each Photowalk are limited and are strictly by registration only.

A selection of winning images from previous photowalks:

Previous winning images

The Interactions Collaboration:
The Interactions Collaboration seeks to support the international science of particle physics and to set visible footprints for peaceful collaboration across all borders. The website was developed and is jointly maintained by the Interactions Collaboration, whose members represent the world's particle physics laboratories and institutions in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia, with funding provided by science funding agencies from many nations.

The Royal Photographic Society:
The Royal Photographic Society is a registered charity, supported by its 11,600 members. Founded in 1853, to promote the art and science of photography, its objectives today are to educate members of the public, promote the highest standards, and to encourage the public appreciation of photography. It does this through public events and activities, exhibitions, and its educational activities.


Wendy Ellison
STFC Communications
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Corinne Mosese
STFC Media Officer
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Last updated: 22 May 2018


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