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Photo competition on northern lights – Arctic Centre to name winners on Sept 29

9/27/2017 10:31 AM

The competition is the first of its kind being held in Rovaniemi.

revontulet_jani-ylinampa.jpgKuva: Jani Ylinampa / Rovaniemen kaupunki

On September 29, Arktikum Science Centre opens its doors and invites the public to Aurora Night, an event where you learn more about northern lights. During the event, winners of the Arctic Centre’s photo competition on northern lights will be announced. The competition is the first of its kind being held in Rovaniemi.

A three-member jury comprising professional photographers will select the best three photos. The best photographer will get the opportunity to hold a photo exhibition in November.

Arctic Centre sources said they have received about 150 photos of northern lights till the submission deadline. The photos are taken by about 50 photographers from home and abroad. Three best photographers among them will be awarded.  

The organisers kept the criteria for taking part in the competition relaxed enough so that photos taken on any date and from any part were eligible for acceptance.

Furthermore, there will be two presentations on northern lights in English – one on the science behind them and one on how to photograph them. 

“Considering the interests of foreign visitors, the presentations will take place in separate sessions in English where about 150 people can participate in each session”, said Arctic Centre Science Communicator Ari Martin Laakso. 

The two-hour public programme in English will begin at 7.30 pm in Arktikum (further details in the end of this text). 

The event will be held on European Researchers’ Night – a science event that makes science and the work of scientists familiar to audiences all over Europe. It aims to answer people’s questions about science and research and to lead to new questions and answers. 

The event takes place annually on the last Friday of September. This year the Researchers’ Night will be held in around 300 cities simultaneously across Europe on 29 September. In Finland it is possible to participate in the event in 14 locations, including Espoo, Helsinki, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kuopio, Lahti, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Savonlinna, Sodankylä, Tampere, Turku, and Vantaa. 

The European Researchers’ Night in Finland is a part of the “Finland 100 years” celebrations.

For registration to the Aurora Night, please visit on www.arktikum.fi/ilmoittaudu or call +358 16 322 3260. There is a maximum of 150 persons/session. The event is free of charge!

City of Rovaniemi- Daily Finland Report 


PROGRAMME at 19.30–21.30
Language: English
• 19.30–19.45 The announcement of the Best Northern Lights Picture of 2017
• 20.00–20.30 Presentation: The science behind the Northern Lights?
• 20.30–21.00 Presentation: How to photograph the Northern Lights?
• 21.00–21.30 Open doors to the Arktikum Science Centre

OHJELMA klo 18–19.45
Kieli: suomi
• 18.00–18.30 Yleisöluento: Kuinka ennakoida revontulet?
• 18.30–19.00 Yleisöluento: Miten valokuvata revontulet?
• 19.00–19.30 Arktikumin tiedekeskuksen avoimet ovet
• 19.30–19.45 Vuoden Revontulikuva 2017 -kilpailun voittajan julkistaminen