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2011 Competition

In 2011 CiSRA established the Extreme Imaging Prize for student research, in collaboration with Canon Australia. The competition focused on techniques and equipment that take imaging beyond the boundaries of creative photography and video, exploring areas such as medical imaging, astronomy or image manipulation. We were looking for projects that showed both creativity and technical excellence, and projects that demonstrated how imaging helped us understand the world.

The winners of the inaugral Extreme Imaging Competition were announced on Friday 10th February 2012 at the historic Sydney Observatory.

Winner: Ariell Friedman
The Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney.
Mapping an ancient underwater city in 3D

Underwater mapping, Ariell Friedman

Pavlopetri is the world’s oldest known submerged city, and some people think its fate may have been the inspiration for the legend of Atlantis. Ariell  used a diver-propelled stereo camera system to help map it accurately in detail and in 3D. The city has now been digitally reconstructed in photo-realistic 3D.

Runner Up: Ben Norton
Griffith University’s Centre for Quantum Dynamics.
High resolution imaging of single atoms.

Atoms are extremely small: the smallest ones are a staggering one tenth of a millionth of a millimetre across. Ben has taken some of highest resolution images of atoms ever made by using a special type of flat lens, which was originally developed for lighthouses. These lenses can be made so small and light that they can be put inside the vacuum chamber with the atoms, allowing Ben to collect as much light as possible.

Highly Commended: Dr. Oliver Gibbs
Highly Commended was Dr. Oliver Gibbs from Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney for “The Eye: as a window to the heart?” that looks at the development of a device that may be able to take a picture of the retina (back of the eye) and assess the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Highly Commended: Andre Kyme
Andre Kyme, from the School of Physics, University of Sydney also received a Highly Commended for a project that aimed at adapting brain scanning techniques to allow them to be used while the subject is moving. This would enable scans to be taken while the subject was behaving normally or responding to stimuli.

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