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UNF physics department announces 2020 student photo contest

The University of North Florida’s Department of PhysicsLighting steel wool on fire and swinging it in circles to create an elaborate display of light is now accepting submissions for its 2020 Physics Photo Contest. This annual competition challenges students to take original photos that demonstrate, encompass, and/or involve a natural or contrived concept of physics.

The contest is open to any student in the greater Jacksonville area, including any interested 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 made through their teacher.

In addition to the photo, students must include a title and short description of the physical concept involved in the photograph.

Submissions can be sent to Dr. Jason Haraldsen, physics associate professor, via email to using the email subject line “UNF Photo Contest” until Friday, Oct. 23.

All entries will be evaluated by a committee of UNF physics faculty members and the top 10 photos will to go on to the final round of judging. In the final round, the top photos will be uploaded to the UNF Physics Facebook page to be voted on by the public.

Winners will be announced in mid-November with the first, second and third place winners receiving Amazon gift cards. For a complete list of contest rules, photo criteria and to view previous year’s winners, visit the Physics Photo Contest website.