Our fall photo contest received a host of wonderful entries from faculty, staff, students, alumni and donors. The submitted images and their accompanying quotations held powerful stories of hard work and a passion for experiencing, protecting and bettering the planet and its resources — exactly what we at the Nicholas School are all about.

Please join us in congratulating the winners of the Grand Prize iPad and $100.com Amazon gift certificates:

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    Yiyan Cao, 2016, MEM-EE
    To recognize the energy efficiency opportunities in a real factory which produce glass fiber is really a great challenge for me. With an industry you didn't familiar with, a lot of effort need to pay. What is the process, how equipments works, how to ensure the safety. The hardest question for me is how to meter and collect the data by yourself in a plant rather than just analyzing them behind the laptop screen. EDF Climate Corps internship gave me this opportunity to work to answer these questions with local engineer team and make a difference. 

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    Wout Salenbien, 3rd year PhD-EOS
    During the summer of 2015, our NSF-funded project was the subject for a special feature in Science Magazine. During a 2-week field trip that covered the different terrains and environments in which the researchers on the project work, we visited some remote parts of the Peruvian Amazonian rainforest. Since this is my primary site of research, I organized a day-long short project during which we collaborated with fellow graduate students on the NSF project, all from different universities and focus fields, to study a particular rock outcrop in close detail, deep in the Manu National Reserve. This photo is taken during that day, as I am going through my notes by the side of the river. You can see the orange sample flags in the background. We hope to unravel the depositional history of that outcrop and learn what it can tell us about the evolution of the Amazon Rainforest, in terms of geology, biology and climate. Photo taken by Jason Houston.

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    Trisha Gopalakrishna, 2nd Year MEM-ESC
    Working in the mysterious tropics, my work strives for conservation of small critters, exquisite trees and beautiful landscapes.

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    Alex Aines, 1st Year MEM-CEM
    Juvenile lemon sharks (Negaprion brevirostris) use the mangroves around Bimini, Bahamas as a nursery and though they frequent the waters in this area, there is still a lot we do not know about them. Here, I am releasing a deceptively strong juvenile lemon shark back into the open ocean after conducting behavioral trials on it. These trials are for a PhD project on personality types in lemon sharks, a project I assisted with while working at Bimini Biological Field Station as a research intern over the summer. Bahamas Research Permit MAF/FIS/17.

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    Anastasia Quintana, 2nd Year PhD-MSC
    This action shot of Joe Morton, 1st year PhD student in the Nicholas School, shows a daily activity of his: collecting snails right outside the Duke Marine Lab for parasitology work. His groundbreaking work has shown the positive effects that parasites can have on ecosystems - and it all starts with this humble activity right outside the marine lab campus!

The winning photos will also be displayed on the Environment Hall Plasma Screen and in Dukenvironment magazine. Please enjoy perusing these 'photo stories' and more fantastic entries as we slowly release them on the Nicholas School’s website and Facebook page. All entries can also be seen on our Flickr page.

An immense thanks to all our contest participants! Don’t forget to keep your camera ready for future photo contests!