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The following news release was issued today by the Interactions Collaboration, an international community of particle physics communication specialists. The Interactions Collaboration will hold its global Photowalk competition in August. Finalists in the global competition will be selected from local competitions around the world. Brookhaven Lab will hold its local competition in May. For more information, visit

Global Physics Photowalk 2018

Global Physics Photowalk banner

Major science laboratories from around the world today announced a Global Physics Photowalk competition, open to amateur and professional photographers. Physics facilities in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America will open their doors for a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes of some of the world’s most exciting and ground-breaking science.

The photowalk will involve local and national competitions, with the winning national photos submitted to a global judging panel. Organised by the Interactions Collaboration, and supported by the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), the global shortlist will be announced in August, followed by a public vote.

Confirmed locations include CERN – the home of the Large Hadron Collider – as well as underground laboratories in the US, Australia and the UK; and labs and facilities in Italy, the UK, the US, Canada, and – for the first time – China.

Photo by Steve Zimic

This photo taken by Steve Zimic was a finalist in Brookhaven's 2012 Photowalk competition. It features the inside of the RHIC tunnel, a 2.4 mile high-tech particle racetrack.

Mark Richardson, Chair of the RPS Science Committee, said:

“This is a fantastic celebration of the stunning beauty of science on an international scale. The world’s best scientific research is based on international collaboration, a worldwide melting pot of expertise and technologies, each working for the benefit of our global society and economy. The photowalk is a rare opportunity to capture work behind the scenes at the world’s best international laboratories and capture it, frame by frame.”

International competition participating laboratories:

Places for each Photowalk are limited and are strictly by registration only.

Full details for each Photowalk can be found by clicking on the links above, or find out when tickets are available by following #PhysPics18

A selection of winning images from previous photowalks

The Interactions Collaboration

The Interactions Collaboration ( seeks to support the international science of particle physics and to set visible footprints for peaceful collaboration across all borders. Members of the Interactions collaboration represent the world's particle physics laboratories and institutions in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, with funding provided by science funding agencies from many nations. The collaboration also developed and maintains the website.

The Royal Photographic Society

The Royal Photographic Society is a registered charity, supported by its 11,600 members. Founded in 1853, to promote the art and science of photography, its objectives today are to educate members of the public, promote the highest standards, and to encourage the public appreciation of photography. It does this through public events and activities, exhibitions, and its educational activities. See:

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Interaction Collaboration
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