Ocean Optics Announces 2010 Video and Photo Contest Winners

Entries poured in from around the globe
Dunedin, FL (December 10, 2010) – After collecting entries from optical sensing enthusiasts around the world, Ocean Optics has chosen the winners of its annual video and photo contest (www.oceanphotochallenge.com).  Winner of the $2,500 Grand Prize in the video category, San Diego State University Student Cory Stinson, was chosen for his entry Into the Ocean of Optics and Lasers.  In the photo category, Jeff Van Camp was awarded the $1,000 Grand Prize for his photo series A Quick Look Over the Shoulder.

 

Image from Jeff Van Camp’s Grand Prize winning photo series A Quick Look Over the Shoulder.

Image from Jeff Van Camp’s Grand Prize winning photo series A Quick Look Over the Shoulder.

Stinson’s winning video highlights the capabilities of an Ocean Optics spectrometer with real time experimental footage and 3D computer animation. The experimental setup measures the spectrum of a laser output in real time while the majority of the laser beam that passes directly through a beam splitter is incident on a CCD sensor to look at spatial modulation.

Four runner-up video entries were also awarded $500 prizes each: Dr. Moji Navvab and The University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning & 3D – Virtual Reality Laboratory for Architecture Research in the Virtual Reality Cave; Axel Emmermann of Belgium and his Fluorescent Minerals Workgroup for The USB4000 – The Tool of Our Choice; San Diego State University Student Melissa Phillips for Romantic Science; and Ocean Optics OEM Water Insight for The Water Insight Spectrometer – WISP.

Van Camp’s winning photo series documents his research team measuring yellow patch reflectance of Southern Rockhopper Penguins in the ‘settlement colony’ on New Island, Falkland Islands. The colony’s inhabitants, which include around 5,000 pairs of breeding Southern Rockhopper Penguins, feature prominently in the breathtaking photos. 

Five runner-up photo entries were also awarded $500 prizes each: Dr. Moji Navvab and The University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning & 3D – Virtual Reality Laboratory for Using the Jaz Spectrometer in the Virtual Reality Cave; San Diego State Professor, Matt Anderson for Into the Supercontinuum; Michal Mazenec of The Czech Republic for Balloon Burner Flame; Wroclaw University of Technology PhD Student Marcin Szczurowski for Dual Laser Fiber Characterization; and Tufts University PhD Candidate Natasha Tigreros for Butterfly Wing Coloration.

All of the winning videos and photos can be seen on the contest website at www.oceanphotochallenge.com.

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