Science Everywhere, Everyday

Dr Lee Song Choon is Assistant Director, Life Sciences at Science Centre Singapore.

As part of Science Centre’s 35th Anniversary celebrations, the centre organised a unique online photo competition entitled “Science Everywhere, Everyday”.

The main objective of this competition is to create awareness among the public that Science is everywhere around us – from the refrigerators in our house to the cars that we travel around in.  One only has to look closely and observe to discover the amazing wonders of science!

Entry requirements to this competition is simple: capture an image and accompany this with a short description of the scientific phenomenon and submit it online! We received an overwhelming 221 entries and even the professional judges had a hard time choosing the winners! Photos were judged on relevancy to theme, composition, focus, lighting, editing, creativity and an online voting component and eventually the top three photos emerged:

1st prize (Jonathan Tan)

Lightning, vivid flashes of light striking down every few seconds during a thunderstorm, happening on a clear night without clouds the amazing strikes of lighting strikes down one by one with loud booms of thunder.It is a massive electrostatic discharge between electrically charged regions within clouds and is caused the separation of charges into positive and negative ions.
Lightning, vivid flashes of light striking down every few seconds during a thunderstorm, happening on a clear night without clouds. The amazing strikes of lighting strikes down one by one with loud booms of thunder. It is a massive electrostatic discharge between electrically charged regions within clouds and is caused the separation of charges into positive and negative ions.

2nd prize (Mervin Lee)

A Infra-red spectrum false-colour image of Altocumulus Floccus Clouds on a particularly dry and sunny day in Singapore. Using Infra-red photography, vague details of the moisture patterns in these rare clouds were revealed. Altocumulus clouds are an indicator of changing weather and potential thunderstorms.
A Infra-red spectrum false-colour image of Altocumulus Floccus Clouds on a particularly dry and sunny day in Singapore. Using Infra-red photography, vague details of the moisture patterns in these rare clouds were revealed. Altocumulus clouds are an indicator of changing weather and potential thunderstorms.

3rd prize (Valerie Chua)

What a bubbly world! Our lovely country seen through a ‘Best Man Balloon’, one blown by you… Just imagine that! The outline of the balloon and an area of rainbow can be clearly seen. We see the colours in a bubble through the reflection and the refraction of light waves off the inner and outer surfaces of the bubble wall. A bubble reflects colour from its surroundings, therefore creating the amazing portion of rainbow. To be more precise, part of the light waves that hit the surface of the bubble is reflected back to a viewer’s eye from the outer surface and part of the light waves is reflected from the inner surface which is a few millionths of an inch further. As the two waves of light travel back, they interfere with one another causing what we know as colour. This photo is related to daily life too! Many adults used to blow these balloons and isn’t it incredible that all those childhood memories are held in your hands?Stairways to heaven? Isn’t it thought-provoking?

The winning photos are now on display at Western entrance (Science Centre Singapore) from now till Dec 2013. Come check them out!

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