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100 Great Geosites photography competition winners announced

7 October 2015

The Geological Society is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 photography competition, ‘100 Great Geosites.’ Based on the Society’s list of 100 geosites in the UK and Ireland, published last year, the 13 images will all feature in a 2016 calendar.

The competition, open to all, asked for images featuring any of the 100 sites, which include landscapes, museums, public buildings and beaches, all of which reflect the UK and Ireland’s unique geo-heritage.

The winning images include the Giant’s Causeway, Glencoe and Durdle Door, Dorset, as well as visitor sites including Scarborough’s Rotunda Museum and Marble Arch Caves, Northern Ireland.

All of the winning images will feature in the 2016 100 Great Geosites calendar, as well as a free exhibition at the Geological Society during Earth Science Week (10th -18th October). The top three will be announced at an event to launch Earth Science Week on Monday 12th October. 

The winning photographers:

Louise Squire (Staffa)

Austin Taylor (Funzie)

Gijs de Reijke (The Cuillin Hills)

Robert Mulraney (Marble Arch Caves)

Caitlin Broadbent (Lulworth Cove)

Alan Beattie (Bendrick Rock)

Steve McAusland (Lundy Island)

Anna Saich (Seven Sisters and Beachy Head)

Lynsey Angus (Achmelvich)

Brent Bouwsema (Callanish Stones, Glencoe)

Sarah Boulton (Giant's Causeway)

Phil Hadland (The Rotunda Museum)

Notes for editors

1. To download high resolution images of the 13 winning photographs, visit our ftp site at

Username: gsl-press

Password: GSLPre55

All images are free to use, provided the photographers are credited.

2. The top three winners of the competition will be announced at the launch of Earth Science Week on Monday 12th October, at the Geological Society. For enquiries, or to register attendance, please contact

3. Earth Science Week 2015 takes places from 10th-18th October - for full details, visit

4. Further information about the 100 Great Geosites project, including a link to an interactive map of the sites, can be found at

5. The Geological Society of London, founded 1807, is a learned and professional body of over 11,000 Earth scientists with a remit to investigate, interpret, discuss, inform and advise on the nature and processes of the Earth, their practical importance to humanity, and, in the interests of the public, to promote professional excellence. The Society offers advice to Parliament and Government, at individual and corporate levels. Registered Charity No. 210161.