Inaugural photography contest entries sought

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts (ASMSA) is accepting entries until April 15 for its inaugural Science of Art photography contest.

The contest is open to all 8th, 9th and 10th grade students in Arkansas.

They are invited to submit artistic photos that demonstrate some aspect of science such as physics, chemistry, life science, meteorology or earth science.

The photos will be judged in two categories: 1) Natural -- any photo taken by the student of a phenomenon or event that is not planned by the student; 2) Contrived -- demonstrations of a scientific principle initiated by the student for the purpose of photographing it.

Students should submit an 8x10 print and a high resolution JPEG of the image. In addition to the photo, each entry should include a 400-word explanation of how the photo demonstrates the chosen principle of science. Submissions will be scored equally on their artistic merit and the quality and correctness of the scientific explanation.

The official entry form may be downloaded from the Science of Art photography contest website ( Students should print and complete the form and submit the entry as directed. Entries must be received by April 15.

First, second and third places prizes of $75, $50, and $25 gift cards will be awarded in each category. The overall winner will receive a $100 gift card. The ASMSA Foundation will provide the prizes.

In addition to ASMSA, contest sponsors are the ASMSA Foundation, Williams Studio, and the Mid-America Science Museum.

All submitted photos will be displayed at ASMSA during the May 4 Gallery Walk in Hot Springs and on the ASMSA Science of Art contest website. The winning photos will be displayed at the Mid-America Science Museum's store in downtown Hot Springs during the month of May.

For more information, contact Dr. Brian Monson at (501) 622-5242 or by email at

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