The Geddes prize is a University prize awarded by the Head of the Department of Physics to the undergraduate student who submits the best photograph or other description of some natural physical phenomenon personally observed during the previous year. Since "a photograph is worth a thousand words", the prize has gone to the best photograph in recent years. The submission deadline is by the end of the teaching in May each year. Rules are outlined below.
A E M Geddes was on the staff on the Natural Philosophy Department (the old name for Physics) from 1909 to 1955. His speciality was meteorology and his excellent book of that name has numerous examples relevant to Aberdeen and is illustrated by George Aubourne Clark's internationally acclaimed cloud photographs, taken at King's College, Aberdeen. The Prize was inaugurated by his daughters.
Below are the recent winning entries.
We would remind all entrants not to look directly at the sun, either with the naked eye or through the viewfinder of a camera. Screens on digital cameras allow indirect observation!