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New Scientist launches photography competition

New Scientist yesterday launched a new photography competition – the New Scientist Photography Awards 2021.

New Scientist launches photography competition
Sue Flood: “That’s the wonderful thing – you never know what you’re going to find when you’re judging.” Photograph: Paul Siewert on Unsplash.

The awards will celebrate images that illustrate how science and technology impact our lives and the world around us, with the overall competition winner taking home a prize of £1000, says New Scientist. Anyone over the age of 18 can enter the competition and entry is free.

The competition has three categories: The Natural World, Modern Life and Our Changing Environment. For each category, the judges will shortlist four images and from those pick a winner and a runner-up. The category winners will then go to a public vote to determine the overall winner of the New Scientist Photography Awards 2021.

The prizes are as follows:

  • £1000 for the overall winner as chosen by the public vote
  • £500 for the two other category winners
  • £150 for the runners-up
  • £50 for the other shortlisted entries

All shortlisted entries will appear in a New Scientist calendar for 2022 and will be published on the New Scientist website. The category-winning images will also be published in the print magazine.

The judging panel consists of naturalist and television presenter Chris Packham, photographer Sue Flood and three members of the New Scientist team: Helen Benians, Timothy Revell and Penny Sarchet.

Flood says: “I’m thrilled to be judging this prestigious competition and can’t wait to see people’s work. What’s going to catch my eye? It could simply be an extraordinary capture of a very ordinary event. Or, on the other hand, it could be an incredible event captured at just the right fraction of a second. Either way, it will be a shot that has something that stops me in my tracks and stands out from the crowd. That’s the wonderful thing – you never know what you’re going to find when you’re judging, but you’ll know the shot when you see it!”

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