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RPS Science Photographer of the year 2020 finalist

Royal Photography Society Science Photographer of the year 2020 Finalist

I’m pleased to announce that I was recently selected as a finalist in the prestigious royal photography society’s annual science photographer of the year 2020. Every year the Royal Photographic Society, based in the Science and Industry Museum in Machester, England celebrates science photography through their Science Photographer of the Year competition.

While the contest was held for 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the troubles that the UK has faced in the past year, the exhibition has been held off to the 12th of February – 2nd of May and restrcted to online viewing only. Usually the winning images and shortlisted finalists would be on display at the museum, but unfortunately not to be this year.

You can view the online exhibition here, while my finalist images appears in the ‘understanding our world gallery. many of you might recognise it as my St Peter’s Cathedral Solargraph. A 4 month exposure capturing the sun as it travels accross the sky above Adelaide’s St Peter’s Cathedral.

With an overarching theme in this year’s science photographer of the year contest of climate change, the idea of having an ‘understanding our world category allows photographers to illustrate the ideas and processes behind science and how it’s best communicated to the world.

I felt as though my solargraphy communicates this nicely, illustrating the transition of the sun through the sky in a way not many people realise is happening due to the speed by which it happens. Each of these types of images take months to produce and happens at such a slow rate that would not otherwise be noticeable unless people really pay attention.

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