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The Icon Heritage Science Group photo competition encourages entries from professionals and emerging professionals studying or working in heritage science. Images can capture the essence of heritage science in relation to conservation, both the challenges and rewards. Images may be quirky, unusual, informative, visually compelling but showing what heritage science encompasses.

Entrants must tweet images to @iconsci using the hashtag #photocomp and #iconsci You can enter up to three times adding #1 #2 #3 to mark each submission. 

Competition opens Monday 5th March 2018.

The first prize will be a gift voucher worth £100, with 2 runners up prizes worth £25. The winning photo will also have an article written about it in Icon News and will become our new twitter photo header.

Competition closes at midnight on Thursday 31st May 2018.

The competition will be judged by the CEO of Icon and a member of the HSG committee. Prize winners will be notified at the Icon HSG AGM on Wednesday 27th June 2018. Entrants must tweet images to @iconsci using the hashtag #photocomp and #iconsci. You can enter up to three times adding #1 #2 #3 to mark each submission. 

Please see below for Terms and Conditions. 


Last year's winner was Laurent Cruveillier for his contribution entitled Mould Between the Lines.
The competition was launched by the Group February 2017 to encourage members to contribute some images for use on the Group’s pages of the Icon website. The entries were judged by Alison Richmond, Icon’s CEO, and Eleanor Schofield, an Icon Heritage Science Group Committee Member. Eleanor Schofield said ‘We had a great response, with a wide variety of entries capturing what heritage science means to them. We felt Laurent's entry not only did this but was also visually very appealing’.


Laurent explained his image, saying: Mould between the lines is one of about two hundred pictures under UV fluorescence I took to get a better understanding of the objects I was trusted with for my MA Conservation final project at Camberwell College. ‘Together with a thorough analytic observation, a series of different tests using FTIR, phloroglucinol, bathophenanthroline, potassium iodine, microscopical pigment, fibre and mould analysis... they gave me a better understanding of the objects and helped me to devise an ethical, minimal, respectful and efficient treatment protocol. ‘I was going from one thrilling forensic discovery to another! In this case, assembling the images revealed the mould infestation pattern: it followed Rorschach test-like shapes along former fold lines. Together with the historic context in which the objects were produced, lived and are used today, and a methodical approach to treatment testing, a scientific view on my objects was pivotal in the decision-making process. I am very grateful for the conservation scientific knowledge and attitude that my course gave me.’