Michael Lyrenmann, Head Technician in ETH Zurich’s Robotic Fabrication Laboratory was awarded a distinction at this year’s Scientific Image Competition held by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for his photograph “Two different worlds”. All the awarded entries will be on exhibit at this year’s Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography from 4 to 27 May, 2018.

After last year’s inaugural contest, the SNSF Scientific Image Competition is now held annually. An international expert jury evaluates all entries and awards a CHF 2,000 prize for each winning entry, as well as those awarded distinctions. This year, more than 350 entries had been submitted from all over Switzerland. The jury selected one winner and two distinctions in each of the four categories “Object of study”, “Women and men of science”, “Places and tools”, and “Video loop”.

“Two different worlds”
Michael Lyrenmann was awarded a distinction for Category 3, “Places and tools”, for his outstanding photograph entitled “Two different worlds”. The image was taken in the Robotic Fabrication Laboratory of ETH Zurich during the documentation of the successful completion of the 1:1 HiLo roof prototype. As Lyrenmann beautifully describes: “On one side, the calm crisp summer night. On the other side, a dusty, brightly lit technical research environment. With this image I tried to capture the thin line between working on architectural scale research projects, with sometimes huge gaps to construction reality, even with the real world this close.” The jury was obviously impressed: “A marvellously constructed photo”.

Giving Swiss research a face
The idea behind the SNSF Scientific Image Competition is to motivate people working in science in Switzerland to present their research to the broad public and the media. According to the SNSF, the initiative has multiple aims: to show the growing role of images in scientific research, to reveal how scientific work is conducted and give a face to the researchers conducting it, and to encourage the media to use more images in their science coverage and make them accessible to the public through exhibitions.

The NCCR Digital Fabrication congratulates Michael Lyrenmann on his distinction and encourages all its researchers to continue to shed light on their great research through different forms of visual representation.

Information about the award ceremony and the exhibition
All the award-winning entries will be shown at this year’s Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography from 4 to 27 May 2018. The award ceremony will be held on 9 May 2018 at 5 p.m. at the Neues Museum Biel, Seevorstadt 50, Biel. The images are also expected to be shown at the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) in autumn 2018 and at other exhibition venues.

Online gallery of all entries
All entries amongst which several ones from within the NCCR Digital Fabrication can be viewed in the SNSF Flickr online gallery.

More information about the SNSF Scientific Image Competition can be found on the website of the SNSF.