Annual image competition winners


The winners of the 2017 BGA image competition are:

1st: Mike Meredith (BAS): “I took this on the research ship “RRS James Clark Ross” in the Antarctic. It shows an oceanographic sensor package being recovered from the Southern Ocean after being deployed a couple of miles down in the ocean. Conditions were challenging, being at night and in the middle of a blizzard – but science continued.”


2nd: Jess De Freitas (AECOM): I wonder if we’ll find gold this time… The photo is of some colleagues of mine, who were on site with me at the time. We had a roll-along resistivity survey going, so I stopped to take some site photos; then a rainbow appeared! This was our first hands on experience with the ABEM kit, so it was quite a nice day on site”



The winners of the 2016 BGA image competition are:

1st: Dr. Tom Jordan (BAS): Sun dogs around British Antarctic Survey geophysical Twin Otter at Talos Dome East Antarctica. The antennas beneath the wings are part of the advanced radio echo sounding system used to image the mountains and basins beneath the 2-4 km thick east Antarctic Ice Sheet, while the pods at the wing tips house magnetic sensors, used to build up a picture of the underlying geology. The sundogs are a result of ‘diamond dust’ of ice crystals in the atmosphere.”1st_tomjordan_sun_dog

2nd: Dr. Juan Alcalde (University of Aberdeen): Hands-on interpretation. This composition aims to pay tribute to classic (but highly effective) paper-based interpretation of reflection seismic data. Our current knowledge of the subsurface is deeply grounded in the ambitious seismic projects initiated in the last century, and the efforts of geoscientists that, crayon in hand, unravelled the secrets concealed in these images. The image was produced as part of the research on interpretational uncertainty, at the University of Aberdeen.”



The winners of the 2015 BGA image competition are:
Matt Stringfellow, RSK
photo winner

FIRST PLACE: Matt Stringfellow (RSK), GPR survey at Didcot Power Station Cooling Tower (fish eye lens) 1 day before demolition

photo runner up

SECOND PLACE: Matt Funnell (Durham), Ocean Bottom Seismographs shortly before they are deployed at the mid-Atlantic Ridge to monitor local seismicity for 6 months. It was taken on the RRS James Cook following a long night of deployments, with this beautiful sunrise as our reward!

THIRD PLACE: Mark Jellinek (UBC, Canada), Analog model of a volcanic jet. The experimental plume is a mixture of freshwater & fine feldspar particles. The turbulent plume is erupted into an ambient fluid that is density stratified (i.e., an analog Earth atmosphere). The fingers at the base of the cloud are convective instabilities that ultimately govern sedimentation (this process is distinct from individual particle settling)


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