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2017 Earth Science Week photography competition results announced

9 October 2017

The Geological Society is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Earth Science Week photography competition, 'Our Restless Earth'. Following on from our celebrations of 50 years of plate tectonic theory, the 12 images represent the dynamic processes which have shaped the UK and Ireland over its tectonic history, from ancient volcanic activity to ice age glaciers.

First place is awarded to Milena Farajewicz for 'Three sisters of Glencoe in autumn'. Second place is awarded to Emma Smith for 'Clifftop bowling overlooking Loch Maree', and third place to Kevin Privett for 'Limestone weathering, Gower'.

The 12 images will all feature in a 2018 calendar, with the awards to be presented at an event to launch Earth Science Week on Monday 9th October. All 12 images will also feature in a free exhibition at the Geological Society to mark Earth Science Week (7-15 October 2017).

The competition, open to all, asked for images featuring the geology of the UK and Ireland, on a theme of 'Our Restless Earth'. The winning images range from limestone erosion at the Gower Peninsula, Wales, to the dramatic landscape of Glencoe - the remains of an ancient super-volcano which was erupting some 420 million years ago.

Notes for editors

1. High resolution images of the 12 winning photographs can be downloaded via the following dropbox link:

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

2. The photographs will be on display at the Geological Society throughout October, from Monday 9th, subject to opening hours/availability – please contact tel: 0207 432 9944 for further information.

3. Earth Science Week 2017 takes places from 7 - 15 October - for full details, visit

4. The Geological Society of London, founded 1807, is a learned and professional body of over 12,000 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.

5. The winning photographs:

Three Sisters of Glencoe in autumn: Milena Farajewicz (First prize)
Clifftop bowling overlooking Loch Maree: Emma Smith (Second prize)
Limestone weathering, Gower: Kevin Privett (Third prize)
Sand Blown, Bridport West Bay: Giordano Battistel
Lulworth Crumple: Mark Godden
‘The Amphitheatre’ near Giant’s Causeway: Nigel Bell
Midges and Rain, Glencoe: Mark Ainsley
White Scar Caves: Gina Williams
Connemara National Park, County Galway: Ankit Verma
Laminated sandstones on Gullane beach: Milena Farajewicz
Mam Tor: Wayne Brittle
Assynt: Timothy Gregory