International Images for Science 2017 winners announced

02 October 2017

Society news

Five winners from the International Images for Science competition have been announced and the 100 winning and short-listed entries will tour the United Kingdom throughout 2017 and 2018. The winners were chosen from the 3,563 entries. Entrants took visually appealing pictures that tell a science story either with a camera or smartphone and submissions were received from students, amateur photographers, professional and medical photographers from around the world.


Xenon1T Detector by Enrico Sacchetti (Italy)Gold Award (26 & Over): £1000 and an RPS Gold Medal

Xenon1T Detector by Enrico Sacchetti (Italy)

Interior of the XENON1T physics experiment at the Gran Sasso Laboratory, Italy. A 1-metre wide container (top centre) is filled with 3.5 tonnes of ultra-pure liquid xenon. This is held inside this 10-metre wide tank which will be filled with water. The gold-coloured photomultipliers on the walls are part of the detector array. This XENON1T experiment aims to detect particles of dark matter, thought to make up about 27% of the Universe, and to explore some theories such as supersymmetry.

Retinal Ishihara Artwork by Jonathan Brett (UK)Silver Award (26 & Over): £750 and an RPS Silver Medal

Retinal Ishihara Artwork by Jonathan Brett (UK)

Artwork created using almost 600 retinal images showing a wide variety of conditions. The images have been combined to resemble the colour vision test charts created by Dr Shinobu Ishihara.

Impala - Cutaneous Glands by Morgan Trimble (South Africa)Bronze Award (26 & Over): £500 and an RPS Bronze Medal 

Impala - Cutaneous Glands by Morgan Trimble (South Africa)

Legs of Impala (Aepyceros melampus). There is a tuft of black fur on the back of the legs of impala. These are metatarsal glands used in scent marking. Although more developed in males than females, the glands do not undergo seasonal variation so are most likely used to provide cohesion to the herd.

Taenia solium by Teresa Zgoda (USA)Gold Award (18-25): £750 and an RPS Gold Medal

Taenia solium by Teresa Zgoda (USA)

Laser confocal light micrograph of the head of a pork tapeworm (Taenia solium) The eye-like objects are suckers which, together with the hook-filled rostellum, allow the tapeworm to attach to the lining of the host intestine. The adult worm can infest humans, reaching a length of 2-3 metres.

Ferrofluid Glowing Multicolour by Ella Main (UK)Gold Award (17 & Under): £500 towards photography equipment and an RPS Gold Medal

Ferrofluid Glowing Multicolour by Ella Main (UK)

A mixture of ferrofluid and liquid from a glow stick. Ferrofluid is a colloidal liquid containing iron nanoparticles in an organic solvent. Glow sticks typically contain diphenyl oxalate, hydrogen peroxide and a fluorescent dye. When these two fluids were placed together, they formed a complex self-organised pattern. The mathematics behind this were first described by Alan Turing as an explanation for, among other things, stripes on animal skin.

Gary Evans, science exhibition coordinator at the RPS says: “We were amazed with the sheer number of entries we received, but very happy to see that the quality of photography from people of all ages is as high as ever. The selectors had a very tough job, picking just 100 photos for the exhibition from over 3,500. Those images that made the grade really embody what this competition is all about – bringing visually captivating images to the public that also have an engaging science story to tell.”

The competition is supported by Siemens as part of the Curiosity Project, a three-year programme which aims to engage young people with science and engineering.

Follow us on Twitter @The_RPS #Curiosityproject A catalogue showing all 100 entries is available for £10 (including postage) from the RPS website here:

About Siemens

Siemens is a global technology powerhouse with deep roots in the UK, going back over 170 years. The company employs around 14,000 people across 25 major locations in the UK, including 13 manufacturing sites.

The Curiosity Project is a three-year engagement programme to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics to life for you people and help address the UK’s shortage of engineers.

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About The RPS

The Royal Photographic Society is an educational charity and a membership organisation. It is the world’s oldest photography organisation founded in 1853 ‘to promote the Art and Science of photography’. The Society promotes photography and supports photographers in improving their skills which it does by organising exhibitions and competitions, workshops and courses, and a distinctions and qualifications programme. It also acts as an advocate for photography with government and the media. For more information visit:

Tour dates

LONDON – The Crystal, One Siemens Brothers Way, Royal Victoria Docks, London E16 1GB

HULL – Hymers College (25 September – 9 October 2017)

MANCHESTER – Royal Exchange Theatre (19 – 29 October 2017)

WORCESTER – The Hive (31 January – 22 March 2018)

DERRY – Millennium Forum (10 February – 9 March 2018)

BIRMINGHAM – NEC Big Bang Fair (14 – 17 March 2018)

BIRMINGHAM – NEC Photography Show (17 – 20 March 2018)

EDINBURGH – City Arts Centre (31 March – 15 April 2018)

CHELTENHAM – Town Hall (5 – 10 June 2018)

LONDON – Royal Albert Hall (12 June – 10 July 2018)