Students can enter the 2007 AAPT/Lexmark high school physics photo contest

January 31, 2007

By Flinn Foundation

The contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12 (or equivalent international grade level). Students must print out, sign, and return the Contest Rules and Entry Agreement, available here, when submitting their entry. Failure to submit this form will invalidate the contest entry.

Entries are limited to 15 per school each year. If possible, please place all entries from the school in one package. All digital information for entries in the same package may be recorded on the same CD and included with the entries. Note new rule: An electronic file of the photo must be sent with the submission of the photo and the other required information.

Photos may be entered in one of two categories described below, and will be judged on the quality of the photo and the accuracy of the physics in the explanation that accompanies the photograph. Categories:

  • Natural photos are those that involve everyday situations that may demonstrate a variety of physics concepts. Any spontaneous event is considered natural.
  • Contrived photos are those that are set up to show a particular physics concept or related set of concepts. Contrived Photos represent non-spontaneous events.

The 100 finalist photos will be displayed and judged during the 2007 Summer Meeting at UNC-Greensboro, July 28-Aug 1, 2007. If more than 100 entries are received, a group of volunteer physics teachers will determine the 100 best entries. Please read the complete contest rules on the entry form before signing and returning it with your entry. Failure to abide by all rules will result in disqualification.

Early-Bird Deadline: March 15 (One early-bird entrant will be randomly selected to win $100). Final Deadline: May 15. Rules and Entry Form available here.

Send submissions to: Mary M. Winn, 2623 Watrous Ave., Tampa, FL 33629-5346. Questions? Contact Mary Winn at