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Calling All Photographers: Participate in Berkeley Lab’s Physics Photowalk Competition on May 16

Posted March 14, 2018

Event will provide approved participants with behind-the-scenes views of world-renown science facilities.

Image collage - Berkeley Lab Physics Photowalk on May 16, 2018.

Berkeley Lab Physics Photowalk on May 16, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is offering a special tour to photographers on Wednesday, May 16, during a local event that is part of a Global Physics Photowalk 2018 competition. Follow @BerkeleyLab and #LBNLphotowalk online for updates on the local event.

Berkeley Lab is among several physics facilities around the world that are welcoming amateur and professional photographers to see groundbreaking science behind the scenes.

To register to participate in Berkeley Lab’s Physics Photowalk, please read the criteria for participation and complete the online registration form by Friday, March 30. Space is limited, and registration does not guarantee your participation. A Berkeley Lab Physics Photowalk organizer will contact all approved participants by Friday, April 6, and provide more details about the event.

Berkeley Lab’s Photowalk coincides with the International Day of Light, which is recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as “an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy.” This international day also marks an anniversary for laser technology.

Participants in the Berkeley Lab Photowalk must be at least 18 years old, and Berkeley Lab employees, affiliates, and contractors are not eligible to participate.

The Berkeley Lab Photowalk event will be limited to five photo entries per photographer, and will feature a luncheon with Berkeley Lab scientists and the possibility of competing in the national and international competitions. Also, a selection of photos from the local competition will be displayed at a local science center.

The top three photos selected at Berkeley Lab will be entered into a national competition, and the winning national photos will be submitted to a global judging panel. The Global Physics Photowalk 2018 is organized by the Interactions Collaboration and supported by the Royal Photographic Society.

The global shortlist of photos selected in the national competitions will be announced in August, followed by a public vote.

Confirmed participants in other Photowalk events include CERN – the home of the world’s largest particle collider, the Large Hadron Collider – as well as other laboratories and science research facilities in the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, Italy, and the U.K.

Mark Richardson, chair of the Royal Photographic Society’s Science Committee, said, “This is a fantastic celebration of the stunning beauty of science on an international scale. The world’s best scientific research is based on international collaboration, a worldwide melting pot of expertise and technologies, each working for the benefit of our global society and economy.”

He added, “The Photowalk is a rare opportunity to capture work behind the scenes at the world’s best international laboratories, frame by frame.”


List of Participating Science Labs and Facilities, Global Physics Photowalk 2018 (Note: Space is limited, and registration is not a guarantee for particiation)        


  • Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York
  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Illinois
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California
  • Sanford Underground Research Facility, South Dakota
  • SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, California


Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory






  • Frascati National Laboratories
  • Southern National Laboratories
  • Legnaro National Laboratories


  • Daresbury Laboratory
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • Chilbolton Observatory
  • UK Astronomy Technology Centre
  • Boulby Underground Laboratory

Source: Berkeley Lab, written by Glenn Roberts Jr.

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