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UNF physics announces 2021 student photo contest

UNF student pouring water from a glass to demonstrate gravityThe University of North Florida’s Department of Physics is now accepting creative submissions for the 2021 Physics Photo Contest. The annual competition challenges students of all ages to take original photos that showcase a natural or contrived concept of physics.

The contest is open to any interested college, high school, middle school and elementary school students in the greater Jacksonville area. Middle and elementary school participants should have their parents submit their entry or have a class entry made through their teacher. Students must include a title and short description of the physics concept demonstrated in the photograph.

All entries will be evaluated by a committee of UNF physics faculty members and the top 10 photos will go on to the final round of judging. The photos will be uploaded to the UNF Physics Facebook page to be voted on by the public, and the winning shot will be decided by the total number of “likes” accumulated. Winners will be announced in mid-November. The first, second and third place winners will be awarded $50, $25, and $10 gift card for, respectively, and the faculty and staff pick will receive a $25 gift card prize.

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. 22. For a complete list of contest rules, photo criteria and to view previous year’s winners, visit the Physics Photo Contest website.