In September 2012, hundreds of amateur and professional photographers had the rare opportunity go behind-the-scenes at ten of the world's leading particle physics laboratories.
A stark black-and-white photo of an access tunnel 1,500 meters underground at the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics' Gran Sasso National Laboratory and a colorful close-up of a detector at INFN's Frascati National Laboratory that wouldn't be out of place in a building by Antoni Gaudi have won the top prizes in the second InterActions Physics Photowalk.
The top thirty-nine photographs from the Photowalk, including the six winners of the jury and "people's choice" competitions, are now viewable online at:
More than 1,250 photography enthusiasts voted online to name the global people's choice winners. Nino Bruno's photograph of a tunnel connecting the underground halls of INFN's Gran Sasso National Laboratory garnered the most votes, followed closely by Enrique Diaz's side view of the STAR detector at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Steve Zimic's photograph of the tunnel that houses Brookhaven's RHIC accelerator.
A panel of international judges also selected three winners. The judges—photographers Stanley Greenberg from the United States, Roy Robertson from the United Kingdom, Andrew Haw from Canada and Luca Casonato from Italy—awarded the top prize to Joseph Paul Boccio's detailed photograph of the KLOE detector at INFN's Frascati National Laboratory, second prize to Andy White's photo capturing the color and symmetry of the TIGRESS detector at the Canadian laboratory TRIUMF, and third prize to Helen Trist's photograph of data storage at the UK's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.
The winning photographs will be featured in upcoming issues of the particle physics publications the CERN Courier and symmetry and the Italian popular science magazine Le Scienze.
The InterActions Physics Photowalk is organized by the InterAction collaboration, whose members represent particle physics laboratories in Asia, North America and Europe.