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Photo competition winners show science in all its glory

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A close-up, underwater view of jellyfish, a lone kitesurfer silhouetted on Cottesloe Beach and an early morning glimpse of station life captured the attention of judges, when the winners of Curtin University’s National Science Week photography competition were announced this week.

The panel of academic judges had their work cut out deciding on winners, with 532 entries across the four categories of “earth”, “fire”, “water” and “air” and a fifth award for the best under-18 entrant.

There was also a prize for the entry most voted for at Curtin’s Science Week website.

The eventual winners were:

• Earth: “Station Life” by Harriet Swale – The earth that sustains our living, dawn till dusk.

• Fire: “Glowing Body” by Carisse Antonas – Hot glowing body of ignited gas. The fire made an interesting shape when it touched the cold air.

• Water: “Bubble Jellyfish” by Kate Greenfeld – These are the bubbles of my buddy diver:) I love how the bubbles grow as they ascend to the surface. From the gloomy depths they rise towards the sun.

• Air: “Kitesurfer” by Roman Trubka – Kitesurfer on Cottesloe Beach.

• Under-18: “Sparkler fun.” by Lauren Galati – Photograph of a sparkler over a few seconds.

• People’s Choice Award: “Busselton Jetty” by Desmond Hong Wei Wong – The longest Jetty in Southern Hemisphere.

“We were delighted by both the number and the quality of the entries,” judge and School of Science senior research fellow Chandra Salgado Kent said.

“The entries showed great creativity and also a willingness to explore the science behind earth, fire, water and air and how those elements interact with everyday life.

“It was tough job choosing the winners but ultimately we were able to come up with five photographs which were stunning to look at and also demonstrated a definite interaction with science.”

A full gallery of entries for the National Science Week photography competition can be found at:

The winners of the five categories received a new 32GB iPad mini, while the People’s Choice winner was awarded a $100 voucher from Camera House.

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