985   Visual presentation

A Walk Through Time: South African Science Lens Competition

Author: Joanne Riley
South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement, South Africa

The South African Science LensTM exhibition is a collection of photographs that capture the science behind the beauty in our universe and the beauty we discover through scientific investigation. Many of the photographers are researchers or science students across numerous disciplines including biology, chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy. Others are amateur or professional photographers from all walks of life that are interested in the scientific world. This collection of images has been produced with cameras, microscopes and telescopes using various techniques. The photographs are entered into the biennial SA Science LensTM competition, an initiative of the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement, a business unit of the National Research Foundation. The competition has been running since 2002 and consists of four different categories: Science as Art, Science Close-Up, Science in Action, and a category that changes with each competition to reflect a particular theme relevant at the time. The images from this competition are as varied as they are beautiful: some look like abstract paintings, and others like peaceful landscapes – but all are as valuable to science as they are to art. This visual poster presentation will provide a feature of the SA Science LensTM competition over many years and a walk through time of a well-established science communication initiative.

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