Photowalk at SLAC: September 25, 2015

Photo - camera peers down accelerator tunnel

UPDATE: The SLAC Photowalk has reached capacity and we've filled the waitlist. If you're interested in future special events, sign up for the SLAC event mailing list. Also, stay tuned in the coming months to see the winners of the local and global competition here on our website and on Twitter by following @SLAClab and #PhysPics15.


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 9 a.m. on Friday, September 25, 2015. 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 about 15 minutes to explore the space, compose shots and take photos. 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 the first 18 photographers who register in advance.  SLAC employees, SLAC users and their family members are welcome to register, but in the case of high demand priority will be given to outside photographers.

The Competition:

The 2015 SLAC Photowalk is part of the Global Physics Photowalk organized by Interactions.org. On September 25-26, hundreds of photographers will take photowalks at eight of the world's great physics labs in seven countries, including SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, two labs 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 put them on display in our new building right off of Sand Hill Road, which opens this fall. Global winners will have the opportunity to be featured in symmetry magazine, in the CERN Courier, and as part of an exhibit that will travel to laboratories in Asia, Europe and North America. For more details and to see the list of participating labs visit the Global Physics Photowalk page at Interactions.org. 

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 Register:

Complete the online registration form here. SLAC will select up to 18 participants on a first come, first served basis. After the list fills we will keep a number of registrations on a waiting list and then close the form. 

And finally, The Hashtag:

Make us look good. Share your photos on social media with #PhysPics15. You can tag SLAC on Twitter as @SLAClab.