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Centenary Photographic Competition 2024: Time

For Primary and Secondary Students

Taking a camera or your phone and shooting a picture is an easy. But how about, when composing your image, you think about how your picture might be used to discover some aspect of science and engineering?

STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, MathematicsFrom your camera or mobile phone to a flower or a rainbow, from a bubble to radio mast, from smoke to light, from microscopy to astronomy, everywhere in our modern world we are facing science and engineering wonders that make our lives easier and more fun. This is the fifth year of our competition and we have had some outstanding winners.

Science meets Art – Our annual photographic competition aims at creating an opportunity for you to creatively express what you observe within science, in pictures, and we hope that this will get you to explore the visual aspects of STEAM through the art and science of photography and capture images that demonstrate and communicate STEAM concepts and phenomena.

A person holding a clock in front of their face on a green backgroundA person holding a clock in front of their face on a yellow background

This year 2024,

the focus of the competition is on:

"Time"

(Including everything from clocks, hourglasses, sundials to biological clocks, sunsets, stars, ancient monuments and more!)

We want you to take photographs (up to 3 entries per person) that express what Time means to you or how it impacts health or our environment, including the negative or positive roles of technology. Each photograph must be accompanied with a short plain language explanation (not more than 50 words) of the thoughts behind your photograph.

Previous winners and entries

Entries will be judged on:

  • Originality and creativity of the image.
  • Informational content: effectiveness at communicating the phenomenon or concept.
  • Quality and artistic impact: focus, depth of field, composition, visual and emotional appeal.

The competition is open to primary or secondary aged students living or educated in Essex. We will be looking for photos that are creative in their approach, with an innovative angle on the subject or a creative interpretation of the themes.

There are two categories of entry: one for primary school students and one for those at secondary level. The entries will be shortlisted by members of CSES and a panel of judges will select a winner from the shortlisted entries in each category.

The prizes in each category are: 1st (£50 voucher), 2nd (£20 voucher) and 3rd (£15 voucher) place. The winners and selected entries will be displayed in an online exhibition and may feature in future publicity materials.
(Depending on the number of entries, we may not award all prizes in all categories)

All you need to do to enter is read our T&Cs and get snapping! Then click below to submit your photo(s).

Click here to submit your entry »

Entries must be submitted by midnight on Friday 17 May 2024.

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Centenary Photographic Competition 2024 Poster

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