Irish Wikimedia community issues calls for best science photographers

1 Nov 2017

An assembly interested in astronomy in Estonia. Image: Martin Mark (CC BY-SA 4.0)

In an effort to raise greater awareness of Ireland’s scientific prowess, Wikimedia Community Ireland is launching a photography competition.

As we have seen a number of times before, science can provide the backdrop – or the centrepiece – for some truly incredible artwork.

To that end, Wikimedia Community Ireland – the national chapter of volunteers that supports and promotes Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects – is launching Wiki Science.

This is the first time the international science photography competition has been held on Irish shores.

It aims to raise awareness of science, scientists and their research by creating a store of quality images taken by members of the public that are free to use in education and outreach.

The organisers said that photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to upload their photos to Wikimedia Commons.

The five main categories include: people in science, microscopy images, non-photographic media, image sets and general.

Focus on women in STEM

A final special category has also been created for photos that will feature a woman working in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM).

Rebecca O’Neill of Wikimedia Community Ireland said: “We are very excited to be taking part in Wiki Science for the first time.

“In particular, we are passionate about the power of representation of women in STEM to encourage girls and young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

She added: “Ireland has a proud tradition of internationally significant scientific research, and highlighting the work that is happening now through Wiki Science is a way of showcasing that to the world. Our definition of science is very broad, from archaeology to zoology. We want to see images from as many areas as possible.”

The entries will be seen by a panel of Irish judges, with the six winners being announced in early January 2018. These images will then be submitted to the international competition.

An assembly interested in astronomy in Estonia. Image: Martin Mark (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic