Best Estonian science photos of the year selected
The most skilful combination of photography and science in 2015 was achieved by UT Institute of Chemistry Research Fellow Tavo Romann, who is Estonia’s science photographer of the year and whose winning photo depicts the decomposition of ionic liquid at extreme voltages on a carbon electrode.
207 photos from 33 authors were submitted to the Estonian Science Photo Competition. Chair of the jury, Head of UT Institute of Physics Jaak Kikas was pleased that the quality of Estonian science photos has improved over the years. “We selected best photographers in five categories. It is important to note that the photos of Estonian science photographer of the year Tavo Romann were featured in three categories,” outlined Kikas and added that even leaving the scientific content aside, Romann’s winning piece in the category of microscopy images is visually very effective on its own.
The best Estonian science photos were elected by a jury, which includes Head of UT Institute of Physics and photographer Jaak Kikas, Ivo Kruusamägi from Wikipedia, photographer Lauri Kulpsoo, research journalist Arko Olesk, and biologist and nature photographer Urmas Tartes.
The Estonian Science Photo Competition 2015 took place from 1 November to 15 December and the best science photos and science photographer of the year were announced on 22 January in the Tartu Old Observatory. The aim of the contest was to popularise science and captioning science. The Estonian competition is part of the European Science Photo Competition. The competition was organised by Wikimedia Estonia.
Nearly 10 000 photos from 40 countries and nearly 2 200 authors were submitted to the pan-European competition. The overall winners will be announced in a month and they are selected from the pictures elected best in the participating countries.