November 28, 2012
Three winners have been selected in the Faces of Biology: Teaching and Learning Photo Contest, sponsored by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). This is the second year AIBS has sponsored the photo contest, which drew robust participation from educators, researchers, and students.
The contest was an opportunity for educators to showcase the varied forms that science education can take. The photos will be used to help the public and policymakers to better understand new directions in science education, such as inquiry-based learning.
Grand Prize Winner—Brittany Barker
Brittany Barker, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Arizona, won the Grand Prize. The winning photo depicts students from Belen Middle School measuring a Texas horned lizard found near the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Barker’s photo will be featured on the cover of an upcoming issue of the journal BioScience. Barker will also receive $250 and a one-year membership in AIBS, including a subscription to BioScience.
First Prize Winner—Audrey Kruse
First Place was awarded to Audrey Kruse, a graduate student at Northern Arizona University. She took the photo of her students observing an aspen grove near Turquoise Lake in Colorado when she was a science teacher at the High Mountain Institute. Kruse’s photo will be featured in an article in BioScience, and she will receive a one-year membership in AIBS with a subscription to BioScience.
Second Prize Winner—Evan Eifler
Evan Eifler, an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, won Second Place. The photo was taken at the De Hoop Nature Reserve in South Africa, where Eifler was studying abroad. In the photo, his classmates are surveying the plant and animal communities in the intertidal zone. His photo will be featured in an article in BioScience, and he will receive a one-year membership in AIBS with a subscription to BioScience.
The photo contest was judged by professional and amateur photographers. The judges were Tim Beardsley, editor-in-chief of BioScience; Andrew Brookes, photographer; Felice Frankel, research scientist at MIT and science photographer; Susan Musante, AIBS education programs manager; and Julie Palakovich Carr, senior public policy associate at AIBS.