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Fluid Dynamics Photography Competition 2022


The University of Leeds is pleased to invite KS3 students to explore the wonders of everyday fluid dynamics.

Deadline for entries Friday 18 March 2022

What is a fluid?

A fluid is a medium which can flow, such as a liquid or a gas, and Fluid Dynamics is the study of fluids in motion.  When a fluid is in motion, awesome things can happen. For example, in the photograph above, a NASA experiment shows how an aeroplane wingtips create trailing vortices which are made visible by the red smoke.

Scientists at the University of Leeds are currently investigating lots of fascinating Fluid Dynamics phenomena, from how the shape of the heart can change blood flow to how the flow in the Earth’s liquid mantle causes the magnetic poles to move.  The university’s researchers would like to invite you to explore Fluid Dynamics with them!

Students are invited to get creative and explore the beauty of Fluid Dynamics through experimentation or real-world observation by submitting a single photograph, series of photographs (max 6), video (max 1 minute) or a GIF (max 15 secs) that showcases the Fluid Dynamics phenomena in action alongside a short description (200 words).

We encourage students to work in small teams, max 4 students per team and all visual entries will be displayed in an online gallery.


  • 1st prize- £40 Amazon voucher p/student (max 4 students p/group)
  • 2nd prize- £20 Amazon voucher p/student (max 4 students p/group)
  • Runner up- £10 Amazon voucher p/student (max 4 students p/group)


Teacher Information

 Register your school's interest in the Photo Competition online.

Download the Teacher’s Pack, containing information about the competition, as well as a description of selected Fluid Dynamics experiments that can be performed in class.

For more information please email 

Submit your students work

  • Deadline for entries – Friday 18 March 2022
  • Entries must be submitted by a teacher on behalf of a group of students, maximum 4 per group, in year 7-9 in England and Wales, year 8-10 in Northern Ireland or S1-S3 in Scotland. Please include a teacher’s name, team name, students’ names, school name, year group and title of the work when submitting work. See Teacher’s Pack for guidelines on class or group management.
  • Teachers should submit work via a file sharing service, such as OneDrive. File sharing links should be emailed to with a cover letter containing information which will be outlined in the Teacher’s Pack.”
  • Winners will be notified by Friday 29 April 2022

Selection criteria

Thank you for submitting work for this competition. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Subject Matter– Appropriate to the theme of fluid dynamics
  • Creativity and exploration– Evidence of exploration outside of the supplied fluid dynamic experiments and real-world observations in Teacher’s Pack
  • Impact– Detail and aesthetic of the final visualisation and scientific presentation: composition, wow factor etc
  • Execution – Medium chosen appropriate to best visualise the fluid dynamic phenomena captured and organise scientific ideas
  • Description – accompanying descriptive and scientific text clearly and accurately describes what was captured