School science photo contest opens

Flinders University’s Cochlear Aurora Photo Contest is now open, offering cash prizes to reward young science lovers for great photos that creatively capture the topic ‘science is everywhere.’

Now in its fifth year, the annual science photography contest is open to female students from years seven to 12 who attend a South Australian high school. This year a total prize pool of $4,200 will be awarded across two categories; years seven through to 10, and  years 11 and 12.

The competition is an initiative of Flinders University’s STEM: Women Branching Out group and aims to inspire more girls to delve into the wonder of science and ultimately consider futures in its disciplines.

Past winners have appreciated the recognition and opportunity, including last year’s junior category winner Molly Wild of Mount Gambier, who said the contest paves a way towards careers in science, technology, engineering or maths for young women, teaching them that their gender, age “or whether they live in the city or country should not restrict what they are able to achieve.”

Amber McAuley, another winner from last year, said she loved both science and photography “so when I heard about the competition from my science teacher at the time, I thought it could both be a bit of fun for me and a way to challenge myself as a learner and an artist.”

Those shortlisted have the opportunity to attend an awards ceremony at Flinders University, to be held on a date yet to be confirmed.

The contest is generously supported by major sponsor Cochlear and a range of organisations including the Australian Institute of Physics, the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Beach Energy and UniBank.

Entries must be received by 28 September 2020.

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