Photowalk at SLAC: July 13, 2018

Photo - camera pointed down accelerator tunnel
Update 6/7/18: Thank you for your interest. We have reached maximum capacity. Registration is currently closed.

Do you have a love for science and an eye for the lens? Want to see where the world's top researchers do their experiments and compete for the title of best physics photographer in the world?

SLAC is inviting a limited number of local photographers, both amateur and professional, to participate in a half-day, specially organized photography tour and competition. 

The Tour:

Photographers will arrive by 8:45 a.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018. They will be briefed and taken by shuttle to six behind-the-scenes locations at SLAC, including experimental areas for the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray laser and the historic Stanford Linear Collider, the only linear collider built to date. At each location they will have the chance to work with their guides to find the best possible photos in a limited time frame. The tour should conclude at roughly 12:30 p.m. None of the locations on the tour are typically open to the public.

This free, one-time-only tour is available to a limited number of photographers. In order to improve SLAC's chances to win the global competition, the entry form requests a link to photography samples and SLAC staff will choose participants based on the entries. This is not meant to limit participation however, and we encourage all photographers regardless of experience level to enter. In the case that your entry is not selected, SLAC hosts public tours each month and we'd be happy to have you visit the lab and take photos during a regular tour.

The Competition:

The 2018 SLAC Photowalk is part of the Global Physics Photowalk organized by During the spring and summer of 2018, hundreds of photographers will take photowalks at 19 of the world's great physics labs in eight countries, including SLAC, Fermilab, Berkeley Lab and Brookhaven, four of the National Laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. 

Participants in the SLAC Photowalk will be invited to submit their 10 best photos to a competition. SLAC will enter the top local photos in the global competition and include the winner in the lab's annual calendar. Global winners will have the opportunity to be featured in Stanford News, Symmetry magazine, the CERN Courier, and elsewhere as part of coverage of the worldwide event. For more details and to see the list of participating labs visit the Global Physics Photowalk 2018 press release from 

The Fine Print:

SLAC is operated by Stanford University and all participating photographers must strictly follow SLAC's photowalk guidelines. Please read the guidelines closely before registering to participate. They contain important logistical and safety information. Participants will also be required to sign a photo release form prior to taking the tour.

More details about submitting photos for the competition are in the submission guidelines. 

If you have any questions about the SLAC Photowalk, please contact the Office of Communications via web form or phone at 650-926-8703.

How to Enter:

Registration is closed. »

To enter, click the button above and complete the short online registration form. SLAC will select up to 28 participants and close the form once all slots have been filled.

And finally, The Hashtag:

Make us look good. Share your photos on social media with #PhysPics18. You can tag SLAC on Twitter as @SLAClab or Instagram as @SLAC_lab.