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Oliphant Science Awards Photography 2021

Posted by SASTA

on 20/07/2022

Each year we like to present some of the standout individual images entered in the photography competition (randomly chosen). Here is a small selection, all of which came from projects that received either awards or which came highly commended. Perhaps this helps you with your projects.

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Photographer: Priti Jivtani, Eman Alaboody, Tahira Rezayee
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Year 9-10
Oliphant Coordinator: Caroline Beekman

"Local Habitats: Springbank Boulevard Reserve Wetlands"


Wetlands are often seen during the daytime, but
in this photo, we can marvel at the magnificence
of the plants and vibrant environment at sunset.
Wetlands absorb pollutants, sustain water
quality, filter nutrients, and provide habitats for a
range of wildlife species such as the Grey Teal
and Swamphen. Local wetlands encapsulate
a vast variety of plants and organisms
which stimulate natural cycles and support
biodiversity.

 

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Photographer: Isla Balestrin
Wilderness School, Year 5-6
Oliphant Coordinator: Simone Burzacott-Gorman

 

"Isla’s Hidden Worlds: Rose (Rosa)"


The cross-section of the rosebud shows us an amazing
number of layers of petals. The stamens and ovary can also
be seen. These hidden parts of the rose flower can not be
seen even once the flower has bloomed. Bees need to be
able to get all the way down to the stamens to collect the
pollen.

 

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Photographer: Omar Haider
Pedare Christian College, Year 9-10
Oliphant Coordinator: Samantha Ireland

"Hidden World"
I believe wildlife photography should tell a story.
You have to develop a narrative around the subject.
It is a persistent process of imagining positioning,
surroundings, and angles that would highlight its
specific features. At times you even have to facilitate
the story by baiting or luring the subject to behave as
required. You have to think yourself as the subject,
anticipate its moves, and be patient. You may have
to wait for weeks and hundreds of clicks to get that
one treasured photograph. If you act passively around
wildlife, you may be surprised to find out that they are
good at modelling and love to be photographed.

 

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Photographer: Joshua Clothier
Immanuel Primary School, Year 5-6
Oliphant Coordinator: Gawain Duncan

"Hidden Worlds – the secret life of fungi in Kuitpo Forrest"

Some fungi form a partnership with
trees and other plants. The fungi collects
nutrients and water from the soil and
passes them to the roots. The plants then
give the fungi energy giving sugars.

 

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Photographer: Kasimir Kellermann Williams
Glenunga International High School
Oliphant Coordinator: Matthew Maciunas

"The Hidden World"
Generally overlooked, small creatures find
refuge in many different locations throughout
our environment. In the sandy soil within the
Deep Creek Conservation Park, many ants
have intricate borrows with a plethora of
entries and exits. This particular ant appeared
to have a role as guarding the entryway and
carefully observed every move I made.

Science Writing ideas

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 15/06/2022

Are you stuck on your Science Writing entry? Here are some great places to start or some resources to add to your current project! Click on the links below. Bioluminescence Have you been hunting for ghost mushrooms? We are proud to have the Clean Air Society of Australia & New...

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Air Quality: Emissions and Monitoring

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 15/06/2022

We're excited to have the Clean Air Society of Australia & New Zealand sponsoring the Science Writing category this year! They have an amazing prize on offer for year 9-12 students for the best student entry from Science Writing or Scientific Inquiry that addresses Air Quality: Emissions and Monitoring. The...

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Programming, Apps & Robotics appointments now open

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 14/06/2022

If you have registered a Programming, Apps & Robotics project for the Oliphant Science Awards, you are now able to book your appointment with our judges! Appointments can be booked online here. Don't forget that you also need to upload your report via our online project submission platform by Friday...

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Judging the Models & Inventions Category

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 08/06/2022

What is it like to be a judge in the Oliphant Science Awards? We met some previous judges and asked them why they think the Oliphants are important, why they judge and whether they had any hints or tips for entrants. Models & Inventions Category Sam Moyle (Brighton Secondary School)...

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Crystal Investigation: control of temperature

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 01/06/2022

by Ian McMahon The first article in the blog focussed on two of the principal factors that can affect the success of growing award winning crystals. These were the quality of the solute, alum – how pure is it? and the quality of the solvent, water - again related to...

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2022 PRC STEM Competition Open Now!

Posted by SASTA

on 25/05/2022

SASTA and the Oliphant Science Awards are proud to be partnering with Inspiring SA and the Premiers Reading Challenge (PRC) to support this year’s STEM Reading and Design Challenge. This competition challenges you to read about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the lead up to National Science Week....

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Judging the Games Category

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 11/05/2022

What is it like to be a judge in the Oliphant Science Awards? We met some previous judges and asked them why they think the Oliphants are important, why they judge and whether they had any hints or tips for entrants. Games Category Anita Trenwith (Uni SA Connect Team: SASTA...

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Eugene Lee - Oliphant Science Trophy Winner 2021

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 04/05/2022

by Eugene Lee, Pedare Christian College I'm so honoured and privileged to have received the Oliphant Trophy. I’ve participated in the Oliphant Science Awards every year since I was a Year three student in 2017, where I won the Australian Institute of Physics Prize and First Place for my Models...

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Crystal Investigation

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 27/04/2022

by Ian McMahon The substance, alum, is almost the principal factor for achieving some degree of success in growing good crystals. The percentage purity of the alum needs to be high so that contaminant particles do not disrupt the proper crystal formation. The source of alum therefore must be considered...

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Country Schools: Participating in the Oliphant Science Awards

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 13/04/2022

The Oliphant Science Awards (OSA) are open for all South Australian schools to enter – whether that be entering individual students or entire student cohorts. We asked the Oliphant Coordinators from 3 different regional schools about their involvement with the competition. Here are their responses along with images of some...

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Tall Poppy Award for Scientific Inquiry - Prize Winner's Experience

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 06/04/2022

by Sienna Hill My name is Sienna Hill, and I am a Year 10 student at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College. Through the Tall Poppy Award that I was awarded last year, I was gifted with a Science mentor – Professor Justin Chalker.  Professor Chalker serves as the...

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The Science of Weather and Bushfires

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 22/07/2021

by Chris Sedunary and Belinda Dunbar, CFS The science of weather is called meteorology. At the Country Fire Service, during bushfire season we have a staff member from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) with us throughout the season. Meteorologists study the weather and try to forecast it. Forecasting the weather...

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Multimedia: the animation process

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 09/07/2021

by Asira Suetrong Are you thinking about using animation for your multimedia project? Asira provides insight into her process for animating her multimedia projects in the video below! If you're not sure where to start with your Multimedia project, check out Asira's first video which includes researching your idea and...

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Priyanka’s five tips for a successful Science Inquiry!

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 08/07/2021

by Priyanka Thavarajah  The first step to a successful Science Inquiry is the experiment itself. I have found that, especially in the higher years, doing an experiment around a current topic gives it purpose. Be creative with the set up to try and make the conditions as real as possible....

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A short guide to Science Writing

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 01/07/2021

by Anita Suetrong Not sure where to start on your Science Writing entry? Check out Anita's tips for creating your entry in the video below! While you have to choose one of the 2021 Science Writing titles for your project, you have the freedom to write in any genre you...

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1993/1994 Oliphant Science Awards Trophy Winner – Mark Hodson

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 29/06/2021

by Mark Hodson I was the first two-time winner of the Oliphant Science Awards, entering on both occasions in the computer category. The recognition and the opportunities that came with the award helped cement my love of systematic problem solving and computer programming, leading to an engineering career with international...

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Regan's inspiring journey through OSA

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 24/06/2021

video by Regan Nelson Regan was first encouraged to enter the Oliphant Science Awards by his Reception teacher in 2011. He has entered a project every year since with a number of winning entries over the years! Regan always hated writing and when he was in Year 2 he was...

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Bushfire Safety Tips for your Poster entry

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 11/06/2021

by Chris Sedunary and Belinda Dunbar, CFS Chris and Belinda from the CFS have put together some helpful hints for students making a 2021 poster entry about bushfire safety. You and your family's safety and survival during a bushfire can depend on how prepared you are, and the decisions you...

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A Short Guide on how to Create a Scientific Inquiry Project

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 04/06/2021

by Raihanah Pranggono, 2020 Oliphant Trophy Winner Based on my own experience, the following steps might help you in the development of your very own Scientific Inquiry! Choose a research domain that is appealing to you: To do this, you can derive some bright ideas from a pastime that you...

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2004 Oliphant Science Awards Trophy Winner - Alyssa Fitzpatrick

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 11/05/2021

by Alyssa Fitzpatrick The five test tubes sat in the corner of the lab benches, each containing different brightly coloured liquids. As the Year 10 students rushed into class, chattering amongst themselves after lunch, they were directed to each of the test tubes, and asked to smell them. Which was...

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A Primary Years Student Perspective on the Oliphant Science Awards

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 04/05/2021

by Chloe Lambden (10 years old) Entering the Oliphant Science Awards (OSA), from Year 1 (2017), I have now been doing it for 5 years running. I have entered the categories of Science Writing, Crystal Investigation, Photography and Posters over that time.  I like doing my projects and being lucky...

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Photography from a judge's perspective

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 15/04/2021

by Elizabeth Anderson, Mitcham Girls High School Over the years of involvement with the Photography section of the Oliphant Science Awards I have been lucky enough to have judged work from Years 2 through 12 and to have supported our own students produce some outstanding work.  It’s amazing the quality...

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1995 Oliphant Science Awards Trophy Winner - Kyra Reznikov

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 05/04/2021

by Kyra Reznikov BE(Chem)(1st class Hons) LLB(with Hons) I have always liked solving puzzles and been curious about the world around me. I think that’s why I enjoy science, and it’s certainly why I love my job so much. Today I’m an environmental lawyer, and I wouldn’t be where I...

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Multimedia: Researching your idea & script writing

Posted by Oliphant Science Awards

on 01/04/2021

by Asira Suetrong Are you stuck on how to start your Multimedia Project? Asira provides some insights into her process for researching accurate information and tips & tricks for script writing in the video below.  Firstly, check the category details (this applies to all categories)! Some important things to keep...

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