Photography Contest Optical Image 2009
«Physics Behind The Scene»
Posted on 30 September 2009
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V. Karazin Kharkiv National University OSA Student Chapter is holding the 3rd annual photo contest «Physics Behind The Scene». This event is intended for high-school students but students of all ages are invited to participate. One of goals is helping students to overcome the widespread misperception that science is all logic and boring formulae. Every student in invited to unveil the physics behind everyday optical phenomena.


A participant should send printed color photo with an optical phenomenon and phenomenon description using the laws of physics.
Submission should contain 10?15cm photo (4x6”) and sheet of paper (?4) with following information:

  • Full name of participant, mailing address, phone number.
  • School number/name, year of studying. Full name of advisor, e-mail address.
  • Place where the photo was taken, date, camera type and name.
  • Detailed description of phenomenon.

It’s necessary to send an application to one of the e-mails - alexeysim (at) or alexey.galan (at), including photo. If it’s impossible to use e-mail – please send a CD/DVD with application (Microsoft Word, Open or PDF for the description and photo). If there was any post-processing (like crop, brightness adjustments, etc) you must add an original photo shot.

Rating criteria

Jury will be formed from the professors in physics and professional photographers. All the submission will get rating based on

  • originality of idea;
  • photo composition;
  • understanding of physical phenomenon.


All the finalists got valuable prizes. First place winner got telescope Celestron PowerSeeker 70EQ Refractor Telescope. All the photos are published on our chapter web-site - see link above.

See more information in PDFs (links at the top of the page).