Monday, August 10, 2009

Photo of the Day - Winner of the Nokia Photography Competition @ Cambridge

Each year, Cambridge University runs a competition to find the best photos taken by staff and students from its engineering department. The winning picture shows "Pebble", a low-cost, deep-sea photographic vessel.


In 2009 a small team at the Department of Engineering designed and built a low-cost, deep-sea photographic vessel. This photograph shows "Pebble" undergoing pool trials at Cranfield University. Whilst deep-sea photography has been done before, Pebble differed in one key respect. Cost. Pebble was built for £1800, making her tens of times less expensive than comparable deep-sea craft. This was achieved by using off-the-shelf components, almost no moving parts, and a pressure-balanced design. It is planned that subsequent years of Cambridge undergraduate engineers will improve the design and reduce the cost to less than £1000, making deep sea photography more affordable than ever before. Project Pebble was sponsored by BAE Systems Submarine Solutions, and supported by Tritech International, EADS, and Pentax.

The winning team won a Nokia N95 8GB phone that has been generously donated by Nokia.

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