Image Competition

The 2019 British Geophysical Association image competition is now officially open.

The aim of this annual competition is to encourage interesting and high-quality images about all aspects of geophysics which can help to promote the subject.

Closing date: Midnight on 30 September 2019.

The winner will receive £250 and the runner-up £100.

The Guidelines for the image competition are:

1. The image must be original and relevant to geophysics. Videos and GIFs will not be accepted.

2. We are looking for dramatic geophysical fieldwork photos, spectacular images of numerical simulations, exciting photos of laboratory experiments, geophysical data overlays or drapes on topography or other surfaces, tomography transects, for example. In fact, anything with a geophysical context, but the link to geophysics must be obvious within the image itself.

3. The image should be accompanied by a brief explanation of the context in which the image has been taken.

4. Entries must be submitted to the Competitions Officer (Alessandro Novellino) by email (, clearly indicating “BGA image competition” in the subject line.

The sender must also include the following information: first name, last name, email, and institution.


The winners of the 2018 BGA image competition are:

1st: Rich Jones (Durham University): “Retrieving science toys amongst the sea ice. Ocean monitoring equipment can be left for weeks to years, but at some point need to be retrieved. This time the ship had to calve up the sea ice in order to access the prize, which then just needed to be cautiously hooked from the side of the ship.”


2nd: Ben Davenward (Keele): “From my recent fieldwork and subsequent processing in Skaftafell National Park, where I carried out UAV and EM-31 surveys over dead ice topography in order to identify the horizontal extent of buried ice. I will be returning to carry out repeat UAV surveys and resistivity surveys to identify vertical extents in March 2019.”

VLUU L200  / Samsung L200

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


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