13 May, 2024

Passion and Purpose

Aurora - Aurora
OIC students capture the beautiful aurora borealis
OIC Boarding House Photography Competition challenges students to capture the incredible spectacle!

We couldn't let the incredible aurora borealis pass by without sharing some fantastic shots taken by our students last Friday! The OIC Boarding team challenged students to a photography competition -capturing the beautiful sight! Here's a sneak peek of a couple of the brilliant entries... 📸✨

But for all its beauty, this spectacular light show is a rather violent event!

The northern lights are created when energized particles from the sun slam into Earth's upper atmosphere at speeds of up to 45 million mph (72 million kph), but our planet's magnetic field protects us from the onslaught. 

As Earth's magnetic field redirects the particles toward the poles — there are southern lights, too — the dramatic process transforms into a cinematic atmospheric phenomenon that dazzles and fascinates scientists and sky watchers alike.

The competition was judged by our Head of Boarding and Malcolm Edwards, a professional photographer and TV cameraman.  Looking at the images based on their balance, clarity of colour, and total composition, the winners were:

  • First Prize: Autumn Tadawachira 
  • Second Prize: Kan Kultawaiporn
  • Special prize for crystal clear stars in a deep blue sky: Tansy Aung

A huge congratulations to all who entered and well done to our winners. We look forward to further OIC Boarding photography!