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St. Charles photographer wins Fermilab Photowalk in Batavia

Ken Wickham image advances to global contest

An award-winning overhead shot of a sculpture known as the "Mobius Strip" was taken from the 15th floor of Fermilab’s Wilson Hall in Batavia by Ken Wickham of St. Charles.
An award-winning overhead shot of a sculpture known as the "Mobius Strip" was taken from the 15th floor of Fermilab’s Wilson Hall in Batavia by Ken Wickham of St. Charles.

ST. CHARLES – A winning photograph by Ken Wickham of St. Charles taken at Fermilab in Batavia is advancing in an international competition.

The top three images have been entered into the Global Physics Photowalk, sponsored by the Interactions collaboration at labs around the world, a news release stated.

This summer, nearly 50 professional and amateur photographers from the Midwest and beyond were invited behind the scenes at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Cameras in hand, they were granted access to locations on the Fermilab site not usually accessible by the public, and they emerged with photographs that capture the fascinating science happening at one of the world’s premier particle physics laboratories.

The winning images were selected by a three-member jury and whittled down from 196 submissions. The top images offer a different perspective of visually interesting locations on the Fermilab site.

One can view all the Fermilab photos at fnal.gov/pub/photowalk/winning-images.html.

Wickham's winning photo, an overhead shot of a sculpture known as the "Mobius Strip," was taken from the 15th floor of Fermilab’s Wilson Hall. The second-place photo offers a unique view of the inside of the atrium of Wilson Hall and was taken by Ted Trimble of Elgin. Rounding out the top three is a shot of the pi-shaped poles that bring power to the Fermilab site, snapped by David Berg of Minneapolis.

The 2018 event was the fourth Fermilab Photowalk and the first since 2015. The Fermilab event is part of the Global Physics Photowalk, hosted this summer at 17 labs around the world. This year’s event features labs and institutions in Australia, Europe and Asia, as well as four in the United States: Fermilab, Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California.

The global competition winners will be announced in October. To learn more, visit interactions.org/photowalk or fnal.gov. To view more of Wickham's photography, go to kenwickhamphotography.com.

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