Dear Photographers,

CERN is teaming up with seven other physics laboratories to welcome the biggest worldwide photo competition in physics: the Global Physics Photowalk: Behind the scenes at the world’s laboratories.

Applications for the CERN Photowalk are now closed but more laboratories will open their doors in September! For more information, please see here.

What will happen at the CERN Photowalk?

CERN is organizing an “invitation-only” Photowalk on Friday 25 September 2015. At this event, a handful of photographers will get the chance to come to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, for an unforgettable day spent looking behind-the-scenes of the laboratory.

Register now for your chance to be one of the lucky few to:

  • Take part in an exclusive CERN Photowalk
  • Explore CERN’s linear accelerator “Linac 4”, under construction to be a future source of proton beams for the Large Hadron Collider
  • Visit CERN’s main workshop to witness engineering and testing of state-of-the-art equipment
  • Catch a glimpse behind-the-scenes of CERN’s Meyrin campus
  • Tour the ISOLDE facility that studies the properties of atomic nuclei for applications in astrophysics, life sciences and more
  • Enjoy lunch with some CERN physicists in the laboratory’s restaurant
  • Share your #PhysPics15 photos on social media from the laboratory where the World Wide Web was born
  • Talk face-to-face with researchers exploring the properties of matter, as part of the POPscience European Researchers’ Night activities taking place in Geneva that evening

The best photos taken at CERN will be selected by a local jury to be exhibited in 2016. Each laboratory will then choose three photos to be submitted to the Global Physics Photowalk. A public vote and an international jury will finally select the Global winners, who will have the opportunity to be featured in Symmetry magazine, the CERN Courier (the International Journal for High Energy Physics) and as part of a travelling exhibit across laboratories in Asia, Europe and North America.

An opportunity not to be missed!

How do I register?

Complete the online registration form here. Registration opens at on Monday 31 August and closes at 12.00 CEST on Sunday 6 September. CERN will select participants from those who have completed the registration form. Successful applicants will be informed on Friday 11 September. Unfortunately it will not be possible to contact unsuccessful applicants. Only one application per person will be accepted.

Do I need to take photos on a particular device?

You must use a camera/smartphone with at least 10 MPixels for the competition. You are welcome to bring lower resolution devices, in addition, to post images on social media.

Do I need to have a social media account to apply?

Yes. We want you to have a great CERN Photowalk, and we also want you to share your CERN experience with a wider audience online via social media (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, etc). Please list your social media account names in the application form.

What are CERN Photowalk registration requirements?

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. CERN employees and users, as well as their family members, are not eligible to register.

By registering for the 2015 CERN Photowalk, you indicate that, if selected, you will travel to CERN, Meyrin (near Geneva) for the day of Friday 25 September 2015 and attend the event in person. You are responsible for your own expenses and logistics for travel, accommodation, and other costs, however lunch on the day will be provided.

CERN is not responsible for loss or damage incurred as a result of any participant’s attendance at this event, or if the event is cancelled with limited or no notice. You will need to bring a passport or equivalent travel document with you that matches the information provided on the application form, both for identity verification purposes and because you may cross the border between Switzerland and France during the event.

Photos will be taken at this event, both by CERN and other participants on the Photowalk. By registering for this CERN Photowalk you give your consent to appear in any photos taken at the event that CERN decides to use or that are used by any third parties.

How and when do I submit my photos?

All photos must be sent to CERN (by mail) in printed format and in digital format (CD or memory stick). More information will be given to the participants after the event.

Which nationalities are able to apply?

Nationals of all countries can apply. We remind you that you are responsible for all costs of your attendance at this event, including travel to and from CERN and your subsistence and accommodation in the region.

Can I bring a guest?

No, each place is for one named person only (you) and is non-transferable. Each individual wishing to attend must register separately.

What if I cannot come to the event?

If you are not available on Friday 25 September to participate in this Photowalk at CERN, you should not register for this event.
If, believing you are free on Friday 25 September and having registered and having subsequently been selected, you then are unable to attend, please let us know so that your place can be reallocated.
This Photowalk is part of an international competition, the Global Physics Photowalk, so if you are unable to come to CERN, you may be able to attend a Photowalk at a laboratory closer to you. For more details see here. You can also follow the conversation on social media via the #PhysPics15 hashtag.

Does registration for and/or attendance at the CERN Photowalk qualify me for media accreditation?

No, registration and/or attendance does not qualify you for news media credentials at any CERN event, either now or in the future.

What about the copyright of the pictures taken during the CERN Photowalk?

All participants in the CERN Photowalk will be required to sign a “Transfer of Copyright in Images” release, stating that the images that they take during the event and which they then choose to submit to CERN for the competition (i.e. not all the images that they take - only the ones they decide to submit to CERN) will become the copyright of CERN. However, participants will nonetheless be granted a perpetual, non-exclusive, geographically unrestricted licence to use the submitted images for their own purposes, and CERN’s use of any image submitted  in the course of the event will be used with an appropriate credit for the photographer responsible for capturing the image. The release document will be provided to the chosen participants by the Organization ahead of the event.

Can I stay for the POPscience event?

You are welcome to stay and enjoy the POPscience event as a member of the public. The event is being organised by CERN and taking place in Geneva on 25 September as part of the European Researchers’ Night events. There will be no CERN Photowalk activities planned for the Saturday and Sunday following the photowalk on Friday 25 September. For more information regarding the #POPScience event, please see here.


Have you got a question that hasn’t been answered here? Need more information? Email us at photowalk-2015@cern.ch.