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‘Illuminating Life: Personal Encounters’ photo-story competition begins


The theme for this year's contest is agricultural landscapes and practices

Rothamsted Research launches contest for children and young adults, on the theme of agricultural landscapes and practices.

Agriculture makes a major contribution to global prosperity. To continue this prosperity, we need to inspire the next generation to pursue careers in agriculture, which will involve raising awareness of the diverse professions required by the modern agricultural sector and encouraging school pupils to develop advanced skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Rothamsted Research is supporting and encouraging the engagement of children and young adults with agriculture. To this end, Rothamsted Research is delighted to announce that the ‘Illuminating Life: Personal Encounters’ photo-story competition is back for its second year. Rothamsted Research, which is strategically funded by the BBSRC, has been advancing agriculture by providing scientific knowledge and innovation for over 170 years, and has selected agricultural landscapes and practices as the theme of this year’s contest.

The photo-story competition is free to enter and has three age categories: 7‑10 years, 11‑14 years and 15‑18 years. The brief is to take an original image that represents an agricultural landscape and/or practice. Each photograph submitted must be accompanied by a short description of the image. Entrants’ photo-stories will be judged on the originality of the photo and the imaginative description of the theme of the picture taken. Photographs from smart phone devices are accepted. Original photographs taken between 2014 and 2016 are eligible.

Entries can be submitted via a dedicated website from Monday 20th June, until Friday 2nd December.

The winner, runner-up and highly commended entries in each category will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Rothamsted Conference Centre on Sunday 11th December, to which all participating photographers will be invited. Participants are in with a chance of winning some great prizes, sponsored by Rothamsted Research and the Royal Society of Biology.

For full details, including the Terms & Conditions, and instructions for submitting photos online, please see:

Follow us, and the competition, on Twitter: @Rothamsted #RResPhotoStory16

Last year’s winning entries are available to view here.


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About Rothamsted Research

We are the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for over 170 years. Our mission is to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production.

Our strength lies in the integrated, multidisciplinary approach to research in plant, insect and soil science.

Rothamsted Research is strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). In 2013-2014 Rothamsted Researched received a total of £32.9M from the BBSRC.


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