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Seeing science through photography

Aug 21, 2017
Seeing science through photography

The South Africa Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) has launched the 2017 SA Science Lens photography competition and there are great prizes up for grabs. The competition is open for anyone with an enthusiasm for science, professional and amateur photographers, professional and amateur scientists, and science communicators to participate.

Ten thousand rands (R10 000) will be awarded to the winner of each of the categories and the runners-up will be awarded R5000. The 2017 SA Science Lens competition has four categories, namely; Science as Art, Science in Action, Science Close-up and a special category, Science of South Africa.

Science as Art is all about capturing images that illustrate the beauty of science or show subjects in abstract ways; Science in Action focuses on capturing science as it happens either in the natural world or in the workplace of scientists, doctors, researchers;  Science Close-up is all about capturing images that reveal aspects of science that cannot be seen with the naked eye and can be taken with macro lenses or by using techniques such as microscopy; and lastly a special category for 2017, Science of South Africa aims to shows world-class South African science the country can be proud of.

The competition runs until 10 November and is organised by SAASTA, a business unit of the National Research Foundation.

Through the competition, SAASTA aims to encourage the public to appreciate and find science in their everyday lives, seeing how they view the world around them from a scientific perspective. The competition also aims to encourage scientists to invite the public into their world through inspiring curiosity in beautiful, dramatic or interesting photographs of their research.

To enter, simply:

For more information, as well as terms and conditions, visit: www.saasta.ac.za/competitions/sa-science-lens