Through the eyes of our neighbors

A Photowalk participant snaps pictures of cryomodules in the Industrial Center Building. Photo: Reidar Hahn

On Saturday, Fermilab hosted 50 photographers, both amateur and professional, for the laboratory’s 2012 Particle Physics Photowalk. Guides took photographers on a tour of five laboratory locations usually closed to the public, including the CDF detector, the Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator at NML, the Muon Ring (the former Antiproton Source), the Grid Computing Center and two Technical Division buildings, IB1 and ICB. Photographers had 30 minutes at each location to take as many pictures as they wanted.

So how will we find out how neighbors and particle physics enthusiasts viewed our laboratory through their eyes and camera lenses? In the coming weeks, Photowalk participants will submit their favorite pictures, to be judged in an international competition curated by Interactions.org. Images taken at Fermilab and Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y., will represent the United States, competing with photos taken at Canadian laboratory TRIUMF in Vancouver, B.C., and at several Science & Technology Facilities Council laboratories in the U.K. The best shots from the 2012 Photowalk will be displayed in Wilson Hall and online. (You can check out the winners of the 2010 Photowalk competition.)

The Fermilab 2012 Photowalk drew people from as near as the Savannah subdivision in Batavia and from as far away as Atlanta, Ga. Fermilab thanks the more than 20 volunteers from across the laboratory who gave up their Saturday morning to guide tours, provide access and keep everybody safe.

Winners of the Fermilab competition will be announced this fall. Winners of the Interactions international contest will be revealed early next year.

Andre Salles