Science Photographer of the Year

RPS Science Photographer of the Year

The Royal Photographic Society has announced the winners of the Science Photographer of the Year competition.

South African Morgan Trimble won the title for her image, Launching a Mini Boat.

It depicts a tiny vessel being released to monitor ocean currents and win in order to research and educate about climate change.

Jason Chen, USA, won Young Science Photographer of the Year (under 18 years old).

Jason’s photograph Growl, shows an instructional dog model which was on display at his local veterinary school.

Jason is 17 years old, and lives in San Jose, California.

“Morgan’s image is beautifully composed and taken from an unusual perspective,” said competition co-ordinator Gary Evans.

“The water is turbulent and the vessel is small, thus highlighting an element of danger.

“Above all, this picture tells a really strong science story.

“Jason’s entry showed a level of photographic maturity well beyond his years.

“The composition is good and his unusual take on a familiar item makes his image even more interesting.”

Both winners receive a gold RPS medal.

Morgan Trimble's winning image in the Science Photographer of the Year competition depicts a small research boat being launched into the waves
Launching a Mini Boat © Morgan Trimble

Viewing the world through science

The winners form part of an exhibition of 70 of the entries at the Science Museum.

An expert panel selected the photographs following a Royal Photographic Society open call earlier this year.

Visitors can view aspects of the world around them from a scientific perspective, along with the invisible worlds revealed using specialist equipment and imaging techniques.

The exhibition also sheds light on some of the more serious questions for which we look to science for answers.

Thought-provoking images exploring human health, environmental conservation and the protection of endangered wildlife.

All 70 images have been captured using modern technologies.

From radio digital telescopes and the latest medical imaging equipment to the ubiquitous smartphone.

The exhibition showcases rare scientific phenomena as well as the science that affects our everyday lives.

Jason Chen's image shows an instructional dog model
Growl © Jason Chen

Telling stories about the universe

An expert panel of judges decided the shortlist.

The included: Science Museum science director Roger Highfield, television presenter Dallas Campbell, artist Zoe Laughlin and medical imaging expert Catherine Draycott.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting The Royal Photographic Society’s Science Photographer of the Year competition in an exhibition at the Science Museum,” said Roger.

“Since its inception, photography has bridged the worlds of art and science with images which spark and sate curiosity in equal measure.

“Through images of aesthetic beauty, we can tell stories about the universe and reveal places and phenomena that the naked eye will never see.’

Images on display at the Science Photographer of the Year exhibition
Installation shot: Science Photographer of the Year

Science Photographer of the Year

The exhibition opens more than 160 years after the Royal Photographic Society’s first public photography exhibition in 1854.

South Kensington Museum, the precursor to the Science Museum, hosted that exhibition.

It is around 80 years since the RPS last exhibited at the Science Museum.

RPS Science Photographer of the Year, Science Museum, until January 5, 2020.

To book a free ticket click here.

Spectrum Photographic printed and mounted work for the exhibition to PVC.

The Titanium Lustre 280 paper was provided by Permajet.

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