American Association Of Physics Teachers - Photo Contest

High School Physics Photo Contest

The AAPT High School Physics Photo Contest is an international competition for high school students. For many years this contest has provided teachers and students an opportunity to learn about the physics behind natural and contrived situations by creating visual and written illustrations of various physical concepts. Students compete in an international arena with more than 1,000 of their peers for recognition and prizes.  

Sponsored in part by Vernier Software & Technology

Supported by the Committee on Physics in High Schools and the Committee on Educational Technologies.

Disclaimer: The accuracy of the photo essays submitted by the High School students in their explanation of the physics demonstrated by the photo is the responsibility of the students and their teachers. AAPT does not subject the essays to peer review.  

The copyright to all photos submitted for this contest belongs to AAPT. Use of the photos from the website for educational purposes is permitted. However, all other print or digital use requires permission.

The contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12 (or equivalent international grade level). Entries are welcome every year between March 1 and May 15 for that year's competition.  

There is a limit of 15 entries per school each year.

Photos may be entered in one of two categories described below, and will be judged on the quality of the photo and the accuracy of the physics in the explanation that accompanies the photograph.


* Natural photos are those that involve everyday situations that may demonstrate a variety of physics concepts.

* Contrived photos are those that are set up to show a particular physics concept or related set of concepts.

* Photos with Multiple Images or other computer manipulation will be placed in a separate category. They may be displayed at the national meeting and judged for Special Recognition ribbons, but not for prizes.

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