Nexus Network photo competition
What do the links between food, energy, water and the environment mean to you? This was the question we asked in our October 2015 Nexus Network photo competition as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. We wanted to see how food, energy, water and the environment connect with people’s everyday lives, at home, at leisure, at work, travelling…anywhere!
We were delighted that the competition brought in a wide range of photos and we would like to say a big thank-you to everyone who took part. After some deliberation, our panel of 5 judges selected the top 3 images (images were anonymised for judging).
This simple but effective photo of an every day scene with a boiling kettle and a cup of tea waiting to be made, captured the judges’ imagination to gain first place. The photo was taken by Prof Ian Christie who is the Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group and says he is also an ‘amateur environmental photographer’.
We asked Ian – what does this picture show of the nexus? ‘Using just the water and energy needed for a cup of tea in the kitchen‘.
The judges said ‘The playful nature of this photo quintessentially characterises the (English) domestic nexus.’
Second place goes to this beautiful image of a river at sunset, with the wire of electricity pylons sweeping across the sky, taken in the South of England.
We asked the photographer – what does this picture show of the nexus? ‘Convergence of the flowing river and electricity network, made beautiful by the sunset.’
The judges said ‘This is a beautiful landscape photo illustrating the juxtaposition of nexus elements.’
This stylish black and white picture was placed third by our judges and provides a thought-provoking connection between the growth of a modern city and the environment on which it depends. The photo was taken by David Gawith from the University of Cambridge who says ‘I had my mind blown by the scale of Shanghai on a recent trip!’
We asked David – what does this picture show of the nexus? ‘The skyline of Shanghai overlooking the river from which it grew.’
The judges said ‘This picture shows Nexus values and is also very visually appealing.’
competition rules – This has now closed – thanks to everyone who took part.
Please submit your photo by Friday 30 October 2015 and give us a sentence about what the image shows. We will also ask for your name and your email address. We would like to publish the winners’ names. Your email address will be kept private at all times and will not be displayed publicly, this is just so the Nexus Network core team can get in touch with you to update you on the competition and let you know if you have won!
Prepare your files before you submit
Files must meet the following specifications:
- sRGB or Adobe98 colour space, 8-bit.
- Longest dimension should not exceed 1000 pixels (minimum 600px width).
- Saved as a JPEG at a setting of 10 (100%) or higher.
- No Watermarks / Copyright Units / Logos on images.
- Only bleed photographs without borders.
We aim to select 10 top images from all the submissions. The images will be judged on photographic merit by a professional photographer. A Nexus Network core team member will also assess the strength of the images in capturing the links between food, energy, water and the environment. We will inform the winning photographers by email. The winners will be revealed at our event.
- Each person can enter a maximum of two photos.
- Please include your name, so we can display this if you are a winner.
- Include your email address for us to let you know the outcomes (your email address will be kept private).
- Images may be captured using digital cameras (smart phone images welcome!), in colour or black and white.
- There is no time or date restriction on when the image was taken.
- Winning participants must be able to provide a high resolution digital file (preferably a minimum 2000px wide@300dpi).
- All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party.
- The entrant must be the sole copyright owner of all photographs entered and must have obtained permission of any people featured in the entries (or their parents/guardians if children under 16 are featured).
- The entrant must not have breached any laws when taking their photographs.
- The closing date of the competition is Friday 30 October 2015.
Judging will take place the week following the closing date and we’ll contact all winners by mid November.
We reserve the right to use any entry in our online or print material, including exhibitions.
Unfortunately we are not able to offer any cash prizes! We, the Nexus Network, will arrange for the winning images to be printed and framed for display at the Nexus Network second annual conference in London, on Thursday 19 November 2015. We will also give the winning images widespread coverage by using the digital images on our website and social media.
Use of the winning images
We would like to display the winning images digitally on our website and on social media. In addition we will display the top 10 images in printed form at our event. We would like to continue to use the images in our future activities.
What is the Nexus Network?
The Nexus Network highlights the need for joined-up thinking on the links between food-energy-water and the environment. We are interested not just the physical connections, like growing food, producing energy and supplying clean water, but also how we as individuals, and as societies across the world, make decisions on access to resources. Join the network to keep up to date on our events and activities.
For more information about the photo competition, email Deborah on firstname.lastname@example.org (please don’t email your pics as this will crash our email system!).
Let your friends know: Feel free to tweet your images as you submit them and let us know on @uk_nexus