Photography award for iSTAR student

A photograph taken during the iSTAR traverse on Pine Island Glacer has won top prize in a national competition. The image, of a caboose and field camp, was taken by Damon Davies, a PhD student in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh. Damon was a participant on both iSTAR traverses. The photo won the prize in NERC’s short article writing and student photography competitions.

Damon's winning image of a caboose and field camp

The judges for the competition were: NERC’s director of science & innovation, Professor Iain Gillespie; Laura Hepburn, the winner of NERC’s 2013’s article writing competition; NERC’s digital communications officer, Karen Christian; and Dr Natalie Starkey, BBC women’s expert and STEMNET ambassador.

Professor Iain Gillespie said:

“We were delighted by the quality of the articles and photos we received. All of the students demonstrated great passion for their research and environmental science.”

The winners received £500, which will be added to their Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). Second and third places received £250 and £100 respectively.

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