On Sept. 22, Fermilab -- A U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science laboratory in Batavia, Ill., that specializes in particle physics research -- invited 50 amateur and professional photographers into five areas of the lab that are not normally part of the public tour. Today, the top five winners were announced, according to a press release.
The photographers submitted their best pictures, and a panel of local judges selected their favorites. From a total of 234 submissions, the judges selected their favorites, and ultimately arrived at the 25 favorites.
The winning photo was taken by Stan Kirschner of Mundelein, Ill., who has been a photography enthusiast since he was 13, when his parents bought him his first camera. He has taught photography at the University of Vermont and is active in two camera clubs.
The top 25 photos will be featured in a new exhibit to be displayed in the lab's Wilson Hall atrium, and the top five photos, shown above, will be entered into the international Photowalk competition, run by the particle physics collaboration Interactions.org. A total of 10 laboratories around the world will take part in the contest, with public voting set to begin in December.
Fermilab was one of two U.S. Department of Energy laboratories to participate in this year’s Photowalk. The other, Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, has also chosen their top five photos for the international competition.