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Earth Science Week 2016 photography competition winners announced

5 October 2016

The Geological Society is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Earth Science Week photography competition, ‘Earth Science in Action.’ Based on the theme of this year’s Earth Science Week (8 - 16 October), the images will all feature in a 2017 calendar.

The competition, open to all, asked for images featuring the geology of the UK and Ireland. The twelve winners, which include photographs taken in Pembrokeshire, the Isle of Skye and Benbulbin, will be on display at the Geological Society throughout Earth Science Week (8-16 October).

‘Once again, we were so impressed by the range and quality of the photographs we received’ says Geological Society Director of Policy and Communications, Nic Bilham. ‘Earth Science Week is a celebration of the unique geo-heritage of the UK and Ireland, and all of the winning images reflect this.

‘We chose ‘Earth Science in Action’ as this year’s theme to celebrate the recent launch of our ‘Geology Career Pathways’ website, illustrating the huge range of options open to those who study the geosciences. So many of the competition entries demonstrated a love of exploration and the outdoors, which is at the heart of many geological careers.’

First place in the competition goes to Tim Hoe for ‘Doors Portrait II: Reveal’, (pictured) depicting some stunning geology on the Pembrokeshire coastline.

‘The conditions were dark and awkward with sea mist and spray coating the camera and lens’ he says. ‘I lost the foot of my tripod somewhere in the large stones underfoot. There are three sources of light here: the low ambient light of the scene and two LED flashlights; one directed by me beside the camera and one by my friend.’

Second place is awarded to Catherine Inglis for a photograph taken during a rope access risk assessment on Salisbury Crags, Holyrood Park in Edinburgh. Third prize goes to James Orr for ‘Climbing Ben Nevis.’

Earth Science Week 2016 takes place from 8 - 16 October, with events taking place across the UK and Ireland to celebrate our unique geo-heritage.

Notes for editors:

1. The 12 winning photographs, can be accessed via the following dropbox link:

2. For full details of Earth Science Week 2016, visit

3. 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.

4. The winning photographers: First place (for Doors Portrait II: Reveal): Tim Hoe (Doors Portrait II: Reveal and Time Ramp) Second place: Catherine Inglis (Salisbury Crags) Third place: James Orr (Climbing Ben Nevis) Katherine Joy (Achmelvich Beach) Dave Bremner (Bowfiddle Rock) Kevin Privett (Box Weathering and Monknash) Robert Mulraney (King’s Gully, Benbulbin) Gijs de Reijke (The Storr) Pablo Ruiz (The Cauldron, River Etive) Jim Robertson (Dawn at Clashach Cove)

For more information or an alternative way to access the photo's contact Sarah Day