The competition comprises two parts:
The traditional photographic competition, is open to scientists, science communicators and science enthusiasts, as well as professional photographers and amateurs with an enthusiasm for science and technology. Researchers and scientists are encouraged to participate to open a window into the world of their science we may never otherwise see.
An Instagram competition, open to young people aged 13 to 25 years old and encourages all to find and appreciate science in their everyday lives.
Publish and tag your photos on Instagram and you could win. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for information on and updates to the competition.
Get snapping! Join SA Science Lens TM on Instagram in celebrating science and the world around us this June.
The SA Science Lens competition celebrates the beauty and the wonder of science. Up to now Science Lens has been a traditional photographic competition, but we are expanding onto Instagram! Anyone and all for whom science and technology sparks your interest, your curiosity and your enthusiasm, and if you are between the ages of 13 and 25, we want to see your science snaps.
From 5 June to 2 July, we will be challenging you to look around and find the wonder in the world around us; take a picture of what you see and share it with us. Each week, we are focusing on a different theme and your photos should capture the essence of the theme. Each week 6 winners will be announced: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place, based on the number of likes, and 2 judges’ selections chosen by a panel at SAASTA. Winners receive data packages worth up to R250 and will be notified via their Instagram direct message. The winning images will also be posted on the SA Science Lens feed as well as the SAASTA Twitter feed.
So if you are feeling inspired, follow us on Instagram, upload your photos and hashtag #sasciencelens and the relevant theme for the week, and share your snaps!
Don’t forget to read the terms and conditions.
5 June to 11 June 2017
The natural glamour of the Earth: we want you to capture the sparkle of the dew, or the shimmer of insects. Trees, flowers and seeds or butterflies, caterpillars and beetles. Capture animals flying and gliding through the air, or people and animals diving into crystal waters. Look for moments where people interact with animals and plants: capture the connection people have with nature. Think nature, think glamour. Such pictures can be taken at the zoo, botanical gardens, at school or in your backyard. Follow us and hash tag your images with #sciencelens and #naturalglamour. You can be glamourous without make up and sequins!
12 June to 18 June 2017
Taking inspiration from Global Wind Day, we want you to capture the feeling of the winds, breezes, zephyrs and gales. Look for movement caused by the breeze, flight made possible, and perhaps even ways we can generate energy with the wind.Get an intense image from the Cape Town storm? Big waves or tumbling clouds? Sideways rain?The winds of Earth are an invisible force to be reckoned with. Photograph it in any way we can!The winds of Earth are so important for keeping our planet going – let’s appreciate this invisible force by photographing it in any way we can! Make sure you hashtag your images with #sasciencelens and #breeze, and are following us. Post your images this week (12 – 18 June) and we’ll announce the winners next week. You must be a South African resident and between the ages of 13 – 25 to enter.
19 June to 25 June 2017
Water is a precious resource. In reference to World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, on 17 June, we want to celebrate water and what the lack of it means for the world. Take a snap of the way we use water, the way we save water, the creatures that depend on it, or how it nourishes the flora. Perhaps you can photograph life without it: cracked soils, dry plants, empty ponds. Follow us and hashtag your images with #sciencelens and #waterwise. Post your images this week (19 – 25 June) and we’ll announce the winners next week. You must be a South African resident and between the ages of 13 – 25 to enter.
26 June to 2 July 2017
On 30 June it is International Asteroid Day. Did you know asteroids travel at about 90 000 km/hr? So, this #sasciencelens week is all about moving lights, stars, and Earth-bound objects. Think abstract: moving lights of cars, trains, ships; a waving glow stick; a birthday sparkler. What can look like a shooting start or celestial body in the activities around us? What moves fast, and creates and interesting image? Make sure you follow us and hashtag your images with #sasciencelens and #shootingstar. Post your images this week (26 June – 2 July) and we’ll announce the winners next week. You must be a South African resident and between the ages of 13 – 25 to enter.