Prize winners announced for Reflections on Light competition

1 July 2016

Young people from across Scotland were presented with prizes for winning an Institute of Physics competition in a ceremony at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 13 June 2016.

Students who made the winning submissions

The 14 school students had made the winning submissions in the Reflections of Light Competition, for which entrants were asked to tell a story about light through a poster and a supporting essay.

The ceremony was held on the occasion of late, great physicist, James Clerk Maxwell’s birthday and the prizes included a miniature version of the Maxwell Torch.

The winners ranged from Primary 6 to Secondary 6 students and the awards were:

  • Best Essay: Arbroath High School (Ailsa Chung)
  • Best Poster: St Columba’s School (Erin Ramsay, Eilidh Paterson, Poppy Pitts)
  • Primary category winners: St Columba’s School (Anne George, Eve Blincow)
  • S1-3 category winners: Queen Margaret Academy (Matthew Pentleton, Toni McLauchlin, Andrew Morrison, Rosie McCardie)
  • S4-6 category winners: High School of Dundee (Ivan Kapelyukh, Alex Smith, Oran McNair, Elle Wyatt)

Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology, Martin Hendry, spoke at the prizegiving and presented the awards.

Laura Thomas, the competition coordinator said “The judges were very impressed with the standard of entries and the imagination shown across all of the age categories. We are delighted to have the winners joining us at the Royal Society of Edinburgh to celebrate their achievements and to help the Institute of Physics in Scotland mark James Clerk Maxwell's birthday with some special birthday cake."

More photos and information about the competition and prizegiving can be viewed at

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