- The FOTCIENCIA18 photography exhibition promoted by the CSIC will arrive in Donostia / San Sebastián on Friday 14 April, organised by the Centre for the Physics of Materials (CFM) and Kutxa Fundazioa.
- The exhibition brings together 49 images that will leave no one indifferent. They are nano, micro and macroscopic views of the world taken by researchers and photography enthusiasts, and this is the only opportunity to enjoy them in the Basque Autonomous Community.
- In FOTCIENCIA, the public provides a scientific perspective and science a vision of the beauty and humanity hidden behind the most cutting-edge imaging techniques.
FOTCIENCIA is the result of the annual photography competition organised by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) and the Jesús Serra Foundation. This catalogue contains a selection of 49 of the more than 550 photographs submitted to the 18th edition of the FOTCIENCIA competition, including the eight best scientific images of the year, which have been selected by a committee of professionals involved in photography, microscopy, popular science and communication. A total of 269 people took part, 42 of whom are teachers, in the category “Science in the classroom”. In addition to the other usual categories – “Micro”, “General”, “Food and nutrition” and “Sustainable agriculture” – this year a special category has been added to collect images that reflect the importance of science and technology in the face of COVID-19.
In the words of Rosa Menéndez, president of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC): “An image shows us an instant of a changing reality that allows us to let our imagination run wild and complete a story of science, progress, art and always emotion”.
The images include among others the wall formed by the fibres of an FFP2 mask and the inorganic structure grown in a laboratory that simulates a dahlia, a flower that has become the symbol of Mexico. In the micro category we find tiny transistors of an integrated circuit such as those found in mobiles and computers that simulate hieroglyphics and which, despite never being seen at this level of detail, are part of our daily lives. The winning image in the “Science in the classroom” category shows an experiment with cathode rays.
All the photographs from this and previous editions can be viewed on their website. For the second consecutive edition, FOTCIENCIA joins the Sustainable Development Goals declared by the UN (SDGs), so the images are associated with the symbol of an SDG, selected by the author of each photograph.
To make FOTCIENCIA an even more plural and inclusive initiative, the audios of the texts that accompany these photographs can be listened to on Ivoox, as in the previous edition. In addition, they can now also be listened to on other platforms such as Spotify, Google podcast, Apple podcast or Amazon music, by searching on any of them for “FOTCIENCIA”.
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