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2016 UNF Physics Photo Contest

Submit your pictures today to the University of North Florida Physics Photo Contest. To compete in the contest, you must submit your photo to by October 28th. Your photo must demonstrate/encompass/involve a concept of physics. These can be in any category of picture (natural or contrived). Animated and/or photoshopped pictures are NOT allowed. However, photos that are a combination of multiple photos are acceptable.


Along with your photo, please include a small description (100 word max.) of the physical concept involved in the photograph, your name and school/institution, and corresponding address (or email). Furthermore, photographs must be owned by the participant, original, and cannot be found online.


Natural photos are those that involve everyday situations that may demonstrate a variety of physics concepts.

bright sun rays shining through a forest and over a stream


Contrived photos are those that are set up to show a particular physics concept or related set of concepts

a paperclip sinking in red shiny liquid


Above images and definitions from the American Association of Physics Teachers

Who can enter?

This contest is open to any and all students in Jacksonville Florida. This includes college, high school, middle school, and elementary school students. Middle and elementary school participants should have their parents submit their entry or have a class entry through their teacher.

How will judging work?

All entries will be evaluated by a committee of UNF Physics Faculty. From the original entries, the UNF Physics Faculty will choose 10 photos to go to the final round. In the final round, the photos will be uploaded to the UNF Physics Facebook Page. The photos will then be voted on by the fans and followers of the UNF Physics Facebook Page. The only metric for votes is how many likes the photo gets! In the event of a tie, the photo with the largest reach on Facebook will win.

What is the take away?

There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place award. The awards will be a $50, $25, and $10 gift card for, respectively.


Submission Period: September 1st through October 28th - Closed

Finals on Facebook: November 7th through November 18th - Complete

Winners announced : November 21st - Determined!

Submit to: Dr. Jason T. Haraldsen,

Subject line: UNF Photo Contest


UNF Physics reserves the rights to post and use photos on Facebook and other social media outlets, as well as in other media outreach for the department and university. Photographs must be owned by the participant, original, and cannot be found online. By submitting a photo, you are agreeing to these terms.


UNF PHYSICS Photo Contest Flyer