Our Foreign Skies photo competition aimed to promote views of Scotland and Dundee as seen through the eyes of our international SLS community. It was the brainchild of Ana Agostinho, a student in Anton Gartner’s Lab who completed her PhD in 2013 and is now a postdoc at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. Ana, herself a prize-winning photographer said, “Through our Public Engagement activities the School has provided the public, in and around Dundee, with an understanding of the excellent quality of life sciences research being carried out here at the School of Life Sciences. Attendance at Doors Open Days and other public engagement events demonstrate the enormous public interest in our research.
“But I found that the human side of this story often remains untold. This exhibition aims to show a personal vision of each one of us of Scotland as we see it – away from work, enjoying the outdoors, or simply capturing a friendly face in a photo.”
Angus Lamond, also a keen photographer and film-maker, was one of the judges and said, “I was very impressed by the quality of the images and the depth of emotion innate in each picture; it was clear that each photographer felt a strong connection to his or her subject matter – and to Scotland. The range of subjects, styles and techniques was staggering. Of course it was a very difficult competition to judge. In the end we decided to award three top prizes in three different categories.”
Deputy Director of the Centre, Sonia Rocha said, “I am very pleased with the results. The exhibition will highlight not just the photographs, but also the people behind the camera and their area of research. This is an attempt to draw people into engagement with Life Sciences who otherwise might not give it a second look.”
The images were displayed in the School followed by public displays at the Mills Observatory and at the McManus Galleries. Click here to view the shortlist.