Image Competition


The winners of the 2016 BGA image competition are:

1st: Dr. Tom Jordan (BAS): Sun dogs around British Antarctic Survey geophysical Twin Otter at Talos Dome East Antarctica. The antennas beneath the wings are part of the advanced radio echo sounding system used to image the mountains and basins beneath the 2-4 km thick east Antarctic Ice Sheet, while the pods at the wing tips house magnetic sensors, used to build up a picture of the underlying geology. The sundogs are a result of ‘diamond dust’ of ice crystals in the atmosphere.”1st_tomjordan_sun_dog

2nd: Dr. Juan Alcalde (University of Aberdeen): Hands-on interpretation. This composition aims to pay tribute to classic (but highly effective) paper-based interpretation of reflection seismic data. Our current knowledge of the subsurface is deeply grounded in the ambitious seismic projects initiated in the last century, and the efforts of geoscientists that, crayon in hand, unravelled the secrets concealed in these images. The image was produced as part of the research on interpretational uncertainty, at the University of Aberdeen.”


For past winners see here. Also look out for the “Geophysical Image of the Month” via Twitter @britgeophysics


How to enter!

Enter the British Geophysical Association image competition and help promote UK geophysics. The top prize is £200 and a 1-year membership of one of the BGA parent societies, the Royal Astronomical Society or the Geological Society of London. Runner-up prize is a 1-year membership of one of the parent societies.

Geophysics is the application of physics to study the Earth, oceans, atmosphere and near-Earth space. It is a broad subject that straddles many of the major sciences – physics, planetary science, geology, environmental science, oceanography, and meteorology. A diverse range of scientists call themselves geophysicists, including seismologists, meteorologists, glaciologists, geomagnetists and geodesists.

We are looking for dramatic geophysical fieldwork photos, spectacular images of numerical simulations, stimulating photos of laboratory experiments in progress, or even geophysical data overlays or drapes on topography or other surfaces, for example. In fact, anything with a geophysical context, but the link to geophysics must be obvious within the image itself. Generic landscape photos are ineligible.

Images must be in JPEG or JPG format. Only e-mail entries will be eligible.

Entrants must be associated with a UK institution and consent to the BGA using their image for promotional purposes, free of charge.

Please submit images by e-mail to the Competitions Officer, clearly indicating “BGA image competition” in the subject line and including in the body of the email a brief description of the image and its geophysical relevance. Entrants should be based at a UK-institution or live in the UK.

CLOSING DATE: The competition closes at midnight on the 31 August, and judging takes place at the BGA Postgraduate Research in Progress Meeting in early September.

Winning images will be posted on BGA web site and displayed in BGA publicity material.

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