Manchester Science Festival made its digital debut on Friday February 12 – and to mark its arrival, the team behind the event unveiled the winners of this year’s Science Photographer of the Year competition. Hosted by the The Royal Photographic Society, this prestigious competition invited amateur and professional photographers alike to submit their best pictures showcasing science in motion – and for the first time in its history, included a climate change sub-category – linking it to the overall themes of this year’s 10-day Manchester Science Festival celebration.

Available to view now in a new online gallery on the Science and Industry Museum website, it was British photographer Simon Brown who was named 2021’s Science Photographer of the Year for his photo entitled Orthophoto of SS Thistlegorm, which intricately recreated a shipwreck using photogrammetry. Other winners selected by a panel of industry experts include 12-year-old Katy Appleton who took home The Young Science Photographer of the Year award for her picture Rainbow Shadow Selfie depicting the colourful rays of light shining through a glass prism. Meanwhile it was Sue Flood whose chilling image of the North Pole submerged under water secured her the title of Science Photographer of the Year in the Climate Change category.

This new digital exhibition is available to view in full on the Science and Industry Museum website, forming part of the venue’s wider celebrations for this year’s Manchester Science Festival which continues until Sunday 21 February. All of this year’s panels, talks and discussions are free to attend and view – simply visit the museum’s website to secure your tickets. In the meantime, all images from this year’s Royal Photographic Society’s Science Photographer of the Year are available to view here.

Simon Bland
Published on:
Sat 6 Mar 2021