Stanford Earth photos inspire science and wonder

A juvenile Minke whale by Hanna Payne
A juvenile minke whale, cruising the waters of the South Pacific, greets student sailors Daela Tipton and Neil Singh aboard the Stanford@SEA program ship. (Image Credit: Hanna Payne)

An undergraduate, a graduate student and a staff member have won the 2018 Stanford Earth Photo Contest. Winners were human biology major HANNA PAYNE for best field photo, doctoral candidate MEREDITH GOEBEL for best lab photo and Stanford Earth Materials Lab manager KATIE DUNN for best landscape photo. The photo contest, hosted by the Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (Stanford Earth), was undertaken in the fall. Winners were announced Dec. 6.

Nearly 200 photos were submitted from around the world and from every corner of the school, as well as from students outside the school who are engaging in programs led by Stanford Earth faculty. Payne, for example, is a HumBio undergraduate who was participating in ROB DUNBAR‘s Stanford@SEA program when she snapped the winning minke whale shot in the field photos category.

Contestants were asked to submit in one or more of three categories. Landscape photos show the sheer beauty of what we experience in our work with the Earth. These were judged on composition, content (scenic beauty), and image quality (clarity, resolution, lighting). Field photos depict students directly engaged in field work. These were judged on composition, content (tells a story), and image quality. Lab photos depict students, faculty or researchers at work in the lab. These were judged on composition, content (tells a story) and image quality. The top winner in each category received a set of Apple wireless AirPods.

View the photo finalists on the Stanford Earth website.