Soft x-ray endstation photo competition winnerThank you to everyone who entered the October 2013-March 2014 photo competition at the Australian Synchrotron. The winner of the October 2013-March 2014 photo competition is ‘SXR endstation with bonus Coke can’ by Gary Ruben, a CSIRO post-doctoral fellow based at the XFM beamline at the Australian Synchrotron. The judges liked “the high tech look with the juxtaposition of the coke can” and described Gary’s photo as “very industrial movie set”, “very sci fi, almost alien looking”, and “a great fisheye impression”.

Second place goes to ‘step into the light’ by Jason Price, Scientific Support Officer with the MX beamline team at the Australian Synchrotron. The judges commended this photo for its composition and science fiction-like effects, “almost suggesting time travel”. One judge thought it would make a good book cover.

Just one vote behind second place is ‘the SAXS control room after nine shifts in search of enlightenment’ by synchrotron user Alistair Carr from Massey University, New Zealand. The judges liked this image for its geometric patterning and sense of fun that “manages to convey the feeling after a long experiment”.

The judges also liked ‘far-IR’ by student Mayanthi Goonewardane from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne,and ‘instrument within an instrument’ from synchrotron user Ruqaya.


The deadline for the next round of the photo competition is Friday 26 September 2014. Photos must have been taken at the Australian Synchrotron. Send in your photo entries.