NewSouth Publishing, UNSW Science and Refraction Media are pleased to announce the winners of the UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing 2016. The three winning essays were selected from a competitive field of entries from across Australia. Students in Years 7 to 10 were invited to write an 800-word essay on an Australian invention or discovery and the judges were impressed by the diverse range of imaginative, inquisitive and thought-provoking responses. 

 

Winner

Marissa Petrakis

Essay title: 'From here to the stars: discovering supernovae' 

Year 10

Meriden School, NSW

 

Runners up

Gemma Macaulay-Black

Essay title: 'Can you hear me?'

Year 8

Frensham, NSW

 

Chelsy Teng

Essay title: 'An innovative instrument: the scanning helium microscope'

Year 9

James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW       

 

Marissa's winning entry will be posted online on this website, the Refraction Media website and in Double Helix magazine.

 

Congratulations Marissa, Gemma, and Chelsy!

 

The UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing is designed to encourage and celebrate the next generation of science writers, researchers and leaders. For an aspiring university Dean of Science or Walkley Award-winning journalist, this could be the first entry on their CV.

Students in years 7 to 10 are invited to write a short essay on the topic of Australian experiments or discoveries that changed the world. To find out more go to: http://www.refractionmedia.com.au/braggstudentscienceprize/

The UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing extends the successful Bragg Science Writing Prize for adults. It offers English, Maths, Design, Social studies, IT and Science students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and interest in writing and experimentation. 

         

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By entering the UNSW Bragg Student Science Writing Competition (the Competition), you agree to the following terms and conditions:

1.  Competition Organiser

The organiser of this Competition is the University of New South Wales Press Limited (ABN 40 000 382 669) of 45 Beach St, Coogee NSW 2034 (UNSW Press). 

2.  Who can enter

2.1.      Entry is open to Year 7 to 10 (inclusive) secondary school students who during the entirety of the period from 26 April 2016 to 21 August 2016 are either:

(a)         enrolled in an Australian secondary school; or

(b)         registered or approved for home schooling by the relevant Australian state or territory authority, (Participants).

2.2.  If a Participant is under the age of 18 years at the time the Participant submits their entry, the Participant’s parent or guardian must authorise the Participant’s entry into the Competition, and agree to the terms and conditions of the Competition on the Participant’s behalf, by completing the Parental Consent Form (which can be downloaded at http://www.refractionmedia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/PARENTAL-CONSENT-FORM-approved.pdf).The completed Parental Consent form must be uploaded to the online Competition entry form (which can be accessed at https://refractionmedia.submittable.com/submit) (Competition entry form), along with the Participant’s entry.

2.3.      Employees of UNSW Press and Refraction Media Pty Ltd (Refraction Media), and their immediate family members are ineligible to enter. “Employees” refers to full-time and part-time employees, employed on either a permanent or casual basis. “Immediate family members” refers to children or siblings of the employee.

2.4.      UNSW Press reserves the right at any time to make its own independent enquiries to verify the eligibility of Participants and to disqualify any Participant who does not meet the eligibility criteria in clause 2 of these Terms and Conditions. Each Participant authorises UNSW Press and Refraction Media to make enquiries of, and obtain information from, the relevant secondary school at which the winner is enrolled, their parent/guardian, any state or territory home schooling authority or other entity, so that UNSW Press or Refraction Media may verify the information provided by Participants.  All UNSW Press’ and Refraction Media’s decisions about the eligibility of Participants will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

3.  Competition Theme

The theme of the Competition is a science writing competition and Participants are required to address the topic “Australian innovations and discoveries” in their entries.

4.  How to Enter

4.1.      The Competition commences at 9:00am AEST on Tuesday 26 April 2016 and closes at 5:00pm AEST on Friday 26 August 2016 (Competition Period).

4.2.      Participants must comply with these Terms and Conditions to be eligible to win a prize.

4.3.      To enter the Competition, Participants must, during the Competition Period:

(a)         specify their full name, age, year of secondary school, school (if they are enrolled at a secondary school), if they are home-schooled, phone number, email address and mailing address on the Competition entry form;

(b)         prepare an essay in English with a maximum word count of 800 words which addresses the topic “Australian innovations and discoveries”, along with a title for their essay (entry);

(c)         upload their entry in electronic format as a Word or PDF file, to the Competition entry form;

(d)      if they are under 18 years of age at the time they submit their entry, the Participant’s parent or guardian must authorise the Participant’s entry into the Competition, by completing and signing the Parental Consent Form which can be downloaded from the Competition webpage at http://www.refractionmedia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/PARENTAL-CONSENT-FORM-approved.pdf. The Participant must upload the completed and signed Parental Consent Form to the Competition entry form along with their entry; and

(e)      once they have specified the details set out at clause 4.3(a), and uploaded their entry and Parental Consent Form (as relevant) to the Competition entry form, submit the completed Competition entry form online.

4.4.      An entry must be received on the Competition entry form by 5pm AEST on Friday 26 August 2016.

4.5.      A Participant may submit no more than one entry.

4.6.      A Participant’s entry may not be entered, or have been entered, in any other competition.

4.7.      Entries which are considered by UNSW Press (or Refraction Media, on behalf of UNSW Press) to be offensive or otherwise inappropriate, defamatory, racist or otherwise unlawful will be deemed invalid and will be excluded from the Competition.

4.8.      Entries not submitted during the Competition Period or not completed in accordance with these Terms and Conditions will not be valid entries and will not be eligible to win.

5.  Prize details

5.1.      This is a competition based on skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner.

Prizes

5.2.      There will be 3 prize winners: one winner and two runners up. The winner will be awarded a UNSW Bookshop voucher valued at $500, and the two runners up will each be awarded a UNSW Bookshop voucher valued at $250. All three winners will also receive one-year print or digital subscriptions to the Australian Book Review.

5.3.      Subject to this clause, the entry submitted by the winner (along with their name, age, school year and (if applicable) school) will be published in an edition of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organisation’s (CSIRO) “Double Helix” magazine, on the Cosmos Magazine website at https://cosmosmagazine.com/, on the UNSW Press NewSouth Publishing website at www.newsouthpublishing.com, and on the Refraction Media website at www.refractionmedia.com.au.  Each Participant consents and agrees, if they are a winner, to the publication of their entry (along with their name, age, school year and (if applicable) school) as described in this clause. UNSW Press reserves the right to arrange publication of the winning entry in alternative publications and websites, as necessary.  

5.4.      Subject to this clause, the entries submitted by the two runners-up (along with their name, age, school year and (if applicable) school) will be published on the UNSW Press website at www.newsouthpublishing.com, and the Refraction Media website at www.refractionmedia.com.au.  Each Participant consents and agrees, if they are a runner-up to the publication of their entry (along with their name, age, school year and (if applicable) school) as described  in this clause. UNSW Press reserves the right to arrange publication of the runner-up entries in alternative publications and websites, as necessary.

5.5.      The winner and runners-up may also be invited by UNSW Press to attend various events organised or supported by UNSW Press and held during 2017. All Participants, if they are a winner or a runner-up, consent to UNSW Press using the contact details which they specified in the Competition entry form to contact them about such future events.  

The judges and judging criteria

5.6.      The entries will be evaluated through a two-step judging process:

(a)         Firstly, representatives of Refraction Media will review all entries and disqualify any entries which do not comply with these Terms and Conditions. The representatives will then assess all valid entries and select a shortlist of no less than ten entries for consideration by the judging panel (Shortlist);

(b)         Secondly, a judging panel (Judging Panel) comprising:

                                (i)       Kathy Bail, Chief Executive Officer of UNSW Press, or other representative of UNSW Press;

                               (ii)       Heather Catchpole, Creative Director of Refraction Media, or other representative of Refraction Media;

                              (iii)       Jo Chandler, editor of “The Best Australian Science Writing 2016”;

                             (iv)       Stephanie Schwartz, a teacher at Moriah College in Sydney; and

                              (v)       Deborah Smith, Media Officer in the Faculty of Science at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Australia), or other representative of UNSW Australia,

will evaluate all Shortlisted entries  and select the winner and two runners-up. Shortlisted entries will be de-identified before being provided to the Judging Panel for judging.  UNSW Press may substitute a person for one of the named panellists if necessary. 

5.7.      In selecting the Shortlisted entries and the winner and runners up, the representatives of Refraction Media  and the Judging Panel will evaluate the entries based on the following criteria: 

(a)         suitability of the topic(s) discussed in the entry, considered in light of the overarching topic “A great Australian invention or discovery”;

(b)         creativity and style of writing;

(c)         quality of the Participant’s writing (including having regard to grammar and spelling);

(d)         the accuracy and credibility of the information conveyed in the entry; and

(e)         the use of colour and tone in the language (including for example descriptive words and phrases, and the use of language to convey the Participant’s message in an engaging way).

5.8.      In addition to selecting the winner and the two runners up, the Judging Panel reserves the right to select the next best entries in order of merit, in the event that the original winning entry and/or runner-up entries are subsequently deemed ineligible or are not able to claim their prize.  

5.9.      The decision of the representatives of Refraction Media in respect of the Shortlist and the Judging Panel’s decision on the winner, runners-up and next best entries, are final and correspondence will not be entered into. 

Announcement and notification of winner and runners-up

5.10.    The winner and runners-up will be announced at 10:00 am AEST on Friday 30 September 2016 on the Refraction Media website at www.refractionmedia.com.au and on UNSW Press’ NewSouth Publishing website at http://www.newsouthpublishing.com. The announcement will state the winner’s or runner-up’s name, age, (if applicable) school, school year and entry title. Each Participant agrees, if they are the winner or a runner-up, to UNSW Press and Refraction Media making and publishing such announcements.

5.11.    By 10:00 am AEST on Friday September 30 2016 UNSW Press will contact the winner and each of the two runners-up to inform them that their entry has been judged to be a winning entry or a runner-up entry. UNSW Press will notify the winner and runners-up via the contact details they specified on the Competition entry form.

5.12.    Each Participant consents to UNSW Australia, UNSW Press, and Refraction Media using the Participant’s name, likeness, appearance and/or voice in the event they are a winner or runner-up (including a photograph, film and/or recording of the same) in any media for an unlimited period without remuneration for the purpose of promoting the Competition (including any outcome).

5.13.    The winner will be invited to attend UNSW Press’ launch of the book “The Best Australian Science Writing 2016”, scheduled to be held in Sydney during late October or early November 2016.  If able to attend, the winner will be presented with their prize during the book launch event.

5.14.    If the winner attends the book launch event and if the winner’s residential home address is located:

(a)          outside of NSW (within Australia), UNSW Press will arrange, book and pay the costs of the following travel and accommodation reasonably required for the winner and their parent/guardian to travel to the book launch event and stay in Sydney overnight, if reasonably required:

                                (i)       Return economy flights to Sydney for the winner and their parent/guardian;

                               (ii)       One night of 4 star hotel accommodation for one room in the Sydney CBD for the winner and their parent/guardian; and

                              (iii)       Taxi fares from Sydney airport to the Sydney CBD hotel, and from the Sydney CBD hotel to Sydney airport.

(b)         within NSW, but outside of metropolitan Sydney, UNSW Press will arrange, book and pay the costs of the following travel and accommodation reasonably required for the winner and their parent/guardian to travel to the book launch event and stay in Sydney overnight, if reasonably required:

                                (i)       Travel to Sydney either via train or return economy flights for the winner and their parent/guardian, as determined by UNSW Press in its sole discretion having regard to the location of the winner’s residential address, the distance required to be travelled and the winner’s and their parent/guardian’s preference;

                               (ii)       One night of 4 star hotel accommodation for one room in the Sydney CBD for the winner and their parent/guardian;

                              (iii)       If the winner and their parent/guardian are travelling to Sydney by air travel, taxi fares from Sydney airport to the Sydney CBD hotel, and from the Sydney CBD hotel to Sydney airport; and

                             (iv)       If the winner and their parent or guardian are travelling to Sydney by train, taxi fares from the relevant train station to the Sydney CBD hotel, and from the Sydney CBD hotel to the relevant train station, as reasonably required.   

(c)         within metropolitan Sydney, UNSW Press will pay the costs reasonably required for the winner and a parent/guardian to travel by taxi, from their residential home address to the location of the book launch event, and from the location of the book launch event to their residential home address.

5.15.    If the winner is unable to attend the book launch event, their prize will be mailed to them at the Australian residential address which the winner specified on the Competition entry form, by 30 October 2016.

5.16.    The prizes awarded to the two runners-up will be mailed to the Australian residential address which the runners-up specified on the Competition entry form, by 30 October 2016.

6.  Prize Unavailability

In the event that for whatever reason, a prize described above is unavailable, UNSW Press reserves the right to substitute for the unavailable prize, a prize of equal or greater value. The prizes are not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash.

7.  Intellectual Property

7.1.      Each entry remains the property of the Participant who submits it.

7.2.      Each entry must be the original work of the Participant submitting the entry and must not be copied from any other person’s work.  By submitting an entry, each Participant warrants that their entry is their original work and they have not copied it from any other person’s work.  If an entry uses text from someone else’s work, that use must be with the consent of the owner of the work, and must attribute the author. By submitting an entry, each Participant warrants that s/he has complied with this requirement.

7.3.      By entering the Competition, each Participant consents and grants a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual licence to each of the following parties as follows:

(a)         UNSW Press using, reproducing, editing, communicating, publishing and dealing with their entry (in whole, or in part) for an unlimited period without remuneration, in any media now known or hereafter devised for the purposes of promoting and administering the Competition, or promoting UNSW Press. Without limiting the foregoing, Participants acknowledge and agree that their entry may be reproduced (in whole, or in part) online and in UNSW Press promotional materials;

(b)         UNSW Australia using, reproducing, editing, communicating, publishing and dealing with their entry (in whole, or in part) for an unlimited period without remuneration, in any media now known or hereafter devised for the purposes of promoting and administering the Competition, or promoting UNSW Australia. Without limiting the foregoing Participants acknowledge and agree that their entry may be reproduced (in whole, or in part) online and in UNSW Australia promotional materials; and

(c)         Refraction Media using, reproducing, editing, communicating, publishing and dealing with their entry (in whole, or in part) for an unlimited period without remuneration, in any media now known or hereafter devised for the purpose of promoting and administering the Competition only.

7.4.      The winner further grants a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free licence to:

(a)         CSIRO to reproduce, edit and publish their entry in an edition of CSIRO’s “Double Helix” magazine, along with a statement which includes an acknowledgement of the winner’s authorship of the entry, their age, school year and (if applicable) school; and

(b)         Cosmos Media Pty Ltd to reproduce, edit and publish their entry on the https://cosmosmagazine.com website, along with a statement which includes an acknowledgement of the winner’s authorship of the entry, their age, school year and (if applicable) school.

7.5.          Each Participant consents to any act or omission by UNSW Press, Refraction Media and UNSW Australia that would, in absence of such consent, infringe the Participant’s moral rights under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).

8.  Privacy

1.1.      By entering the Competition, each Participant is deemed to have expressly consented in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and all other applicable privacy legislation to the collection, storage, disclosure and use of their personal information in the manner and for the purposes identified in these Terms and Conditions.

1.2.      Each Participant acknowledges and agrees that UNSW Press may, in order to conduct the Competition and for related purposes referred to in paragraph 8.3 below, collect, store and use personal information collected from or in relation to Participants by  any of UNSW Press, Refraction Media (on behalf of UNSW Press), or Submittable Inc. (on behalf of Refraction Media) and disclose such information to third parties including but not limited to Refraction Media, Submittable, Inc., UNSW Australia, Jo Chandler, Stephanie Schwartz, Deborah Smith, CSIRO, Cosmos Media Pty Ltd, employees of any of the foregoing, agents and contractors of UNSW Press, suppliers of prizes for the Competition, and,  if required, to Australian regulatory authorities.

1.3.      By entering the Competition, each Participant acknowledges and agrees that UNSW Press may, for an indefinite period, unless otherwise requested by the Participant in accordance with clause 8.6, collect, store, disclose and use all personal information collected by any of UNSW Press, Refraction Media (on behalf of UNSW Press), or Submittable Inc. (on behalf of Refraction Media), from or in relation to the Participant in connection with this Competition, for promotional, marketing and publicity, research and profiling purposes, including sending electronic messages or telephoning the Participant.  All such personal information will only be used and disclosed in accordance with the UNSW Australian Privacy Management Plan  as amended from time to time (the current Privacy Management Plan may be found here: www.legal.unsw.edu.au/compliance/privacy/mgtplan.html

1.4.      Each Participant acknowledges and agrees that Refraction Media, on behalf of UNSW Australia, may in order to conduct or administer the Competition and for related purposes collect, store, and use personal information collected from or in relation to Participants, and disclose such information to third parties including but not limited to UNSW Press, Submittable, Inc., UNSW Australia, Jo Chandler, CSIRO, Cosmos Media Pty Ltd, employees of any of the foregoing, agents and contractors of UNSW Press, suppliers of prizes for the Competition, and if required, to Australian regulatory authorities.

1.5.      Each Participant acknowledges and agrees that Submittable Inc., on behalf of Refraction Media, may for purposes related to the administration and operation of the Competition, collect, store, and use personal information collected from or in relation to Participants and disclose such information to third parties including but not limited to Refraction Media, UNSW Press, UNSW Australia, Jo Chandler, CSIRO, Cosmos Media Pty Ltd, employees of any of the foregoing, agents and contractors of UNSW Press,  suppliers of prizes for the Competition, and if required, to Australian regulatory authorities.

1.6.      Nothing in these Terms and Conditions affects a Participant’s right to access or correct their personal information under the Privacy Act 1988. Participants should direct any request to access, update, correct or withdraw consent to the use or disclosure of their personal information held by UNSW Press to:

Kathy Bail

University of New South Wales Press Ltd

45 Beach Street Coogee NSW 2034

Ph:  (02) 8936 0100

Email: enquiries@newsouthpublishing.com

 

9.  Limitation of Liability

2.1.      To the maximum extent permitted by law and subject to applicable law, in the case of the intervention of any outside act or event which prevents or significantly hinders UNSW Press’ ability to proceed with the Competition at all or on the dates and in the manner described in these Terms and Conditions, including but not limited to vandalism, power failures, natural disasters, acts of God, civil unrest, strike, war, act of terrorism, UNSW Press may in its absolute discretion cancel, terminate or suspend the Competition at any time and UNSW Press will have no liability to any Participant or any other person as a result of such cancellation, termination or suspension.

2.2.      To the maximum extent permitted by law and subject to applicable law, UNSW Press will not be liable for any misadventure, accident, injury, loss, cost, expense or claim (including but not limited to a claim for infringement of any copyright, trade mark or other intellectual property right, or any claim of a similar nature) that may occur or be sustained in connection with, or as a result of, a Participant’s entry to the Competition.

2.3.      UNSW Australia’s rights and obligations under these Terms and Conditions are subject to and limited by all applicable law and regulations.

 

10.  Contact Details

Enquiries about this Competition should be directed to: scienceprize@newsouthpublishing.com

 
 
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