AAPG Student Chapter Photo Competition 2015 "The Energy of Rocks"
1ST Place - Torin Cannings "Earth, the most powerful of cyclists"
2ND Place - Eoin Dunlevy "Green Energy"
3RD Place - Joseph Shaw "Letting off steam"
Thank you all very much for your submissions to our photo competition 'The Energy of Rocks'. We received a large number of beautiful photographs, which made the decision very difficult! Below is a small selection of the best entries.
The detailed procedure was as follows:
- All entries were compiled on a powerpoint document, each slide displaying a photo, title, caption and AAPG ID to ensure anonymity.
- Each member of the committee (Aude, Catherine, Claire, Euan, Aurelien, Ginny and Sarah) scored each entry on a 0-10 scale. All scores were collected, and an average score for each photo was obtained.
- In order to avoid any conflict of interest, a member of committee involved with a participant saw his/her grade ignored for this participant's entry.
- The 10 highest scores were further reviewed by the committee. The 5 best entries were short-listed, and proposed to Mark Lappin (Centrica, sponsor of the competition), who then chose the 3 winning entries.
Previous Competition Winners:
1ST Place - CHRISTOPHE SERIE "Delicate Arch"
Geological insights through Delicate Arch, Arch National Park, Utah, formed by long lasting weathering and erosion of the Entrada Sandstone Formation deposited during the Jurassic Period (180-140 Ma).
2ND Place - JEANETTE CHOONG "Malham Cove"
A family of three hiking across the finest limestone pavement in the Yorkshire Dales, found at the peak of the approximately 91-metre high Malham Cove. The exquisite patterns running across the limestone pavement is due to chemical weathering by the mildly acidic rainwater that reacts with the limestone, thus dissolving it and carving a pattern over time. These limestone pavements are known as 'grykes' and 'clints', in which the former houses many different species of plants.
3RD Place - TIMOTHY GREGORY "Rodney Point"
March saw the first assessed field trip for the first year Geologists from the University of Manchester, which took place in Devon. This photograph was taken at Rodney Point, which marks the start of the world famous Jurassic Coastline. We studied the sandstones here in detail, and recorded features within them such as cross bedding and faulting. It was the first locality we visited in the week long field trip, and gave us the necessary skills to take forward into the rest of the week.
COMEDY WINNER - DANI BRUNIGES AND KATHLEEN NOLAN "Offshore Geologists"
Students Dani Bruniges and Kathleen Nolan put their offshore training to use at Coumeenoole Strand, Dingle Basin fieldtrip, Ireland 2012.