More than a hundred secondary school students have submitted photos of their daily lives as part of the #ShareYourWURld photo competition. Submission closed on 30 April. The jury will shortly decide the top twenty-five entries.
The 100th photo was submitted by sixteen-year-old Aïsha Reiring, a student at the Marianum comprehensive secondary school in Groenlo. She spotted a ladybird on a leaf and titled her photo Natuur op kleine schaal ('Nature on a small scale'). "I played with light to capture the atmosphere I experienced at the time, which was the start of spring and how the changing weather makes everything grow and bloom," explains Aïsha. She says that the beauty of nature has always fascinated her and that nature is her favourite subject to photograph. Aïsha is quite the budding professional. "After buying a macro lens, I liked the idea of using the lens to capture a nature-oriented photo."
First prize, a KeyMission camera that can be used to capture 360-degree photos and videos, would be perfect for her. The competition winner will be determined by a jury of experts consisting of Guy Ackermans (WUR in-house photographer), Ruben Smit (one of the Netherlands' most famous nature photographers) and Sterrin Smalbruge (WUR student and TV personality). They will determine which entries are the best from a ‘technical’ point of view.
Those who took the twenty-five best photos will be invited to a festive ceremony on 29 June, when the jury will announce the winner. The top five entrants will win a photography workshop hosted by nature and landscape photographer Melchert Meijer zu Schlochtern and the winner will also receive a KeyMission camera.
The photo competition is a creative way to involve secondary school students in the fields in which WUR is active. The 100 years WUR themes of Life, Food and Earth appear in our daily lives in different ways, such as food, nature and the people around us. WUR scientists will explain the connection between the twenty-five winning photos and their research at Wageningen University & Research.