Competitions - Music and Arts

Project LIFE 2012 Theme:

Funky Fungi

Fungi are beautiful and fascinating they are essential to our ecosystem in the carbon and nitrogen cycles, and are valuable in commerce as many industries require fungal activity eg. alcohol, bread and cheese making.

You will be familiar with  mushrooms and toadstools which are types of fungi, but the ones which cause disease are nearly invisible except with a microscope.

But some fungi can also cause human diseases. Fungal diseases are mostly hidden and diagnosis is often missed, around 300 million people worldwide are affected, in many different forms of illness, some of which are deadly.

Entering is simple

1. Use our online resources - images and videos - to help you visualise the intriguing fungi and how they may cause illnesses.

2. Design a piece of creative artwork or music on this theme. You may enter a piece of composed music (for instrument(s) or song), or a piece of creative artwork - this may be in media such as watercolour, oils, charcoal, textile, lithographs (no photography or video entries).

3. Submit your design online. Up to 3 images or a video of your work go here Ensure you've read the terms & conditions.

4. Finally you can find out more simply by watching our video! 

Entry Information

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We invite entries from students in Year 9 to Year 13 (Ages 13-18). Entries will be judged by media type - Creative Artwork and Music. Entries will be judged by an independent panel of art, music and healthcare professionals.

Shortlisted entries will be eligible for work experience in music or art and your piece will be performed or displayed.

The submission deadline is midnight 29/04/2012.  Deadline extended 24h due to high demand. Project LIFE Student Art Competitions 2012 will be restricted to the North West of England and North Wales. All entries must be submitted via the Project LIFE website. Students may enter more than once.

Latest Press

What causes fungus in the lungs?

Some fungi grow as molds, while others exist in two forms, or dimorphic---either as molds or budding yeast. Fungi can cause pneumonia in healthy people who travel to endemic areas in the United States or Central America; they can also cause rapidly fatal pneumonia in immunocompromised patients recovering from chemotherapy, or HIV-infected patients with advanced disease.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/199117-what-causes-fungus-in-the-lungs/#ixzz1luGy1Tcj

Beware of the risks of inhaling cannabis

Plant material such as marijuana is an excellent food source for fungi such as Aspergillus. Once cut the material must be dried rapidly and consistently to a very low moisture level to avoid it becoming mouldy. Once dried it must be stored in completely dry conditions to prevent it becoming damp and once again quickly becoming mouldy.

Storing marijuana or any other plant material in small sealed containers or wrapped in plastic will only help if the material is completely dry in the first place, otherwise you are effectively locking the mould in with its own supply of food and water whereupon it will flourish. Mould does not need light or much heat to grow.    

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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan was hospitalized on May 25, 1997 seriously ill with histoplasmosis, a potential life threatening fungal infection that causes swelling of the sac surrounding the heart. Histoplasmosis is caused by the fungus histoplasma capsulatum. Dylan was treated with antibiotics, and his condition was not considered life threatening. Doctors said his condition was made more severe by a delay in diagnosis

More than just mushrooms

A fungus (plural fungi) is a member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds  (British English: moulds), as well as the more familiar mushrooms. These organisms are classified as a kingdom, Fungi, which is separate from plants, animals, and bacteria. Visit the BBC's  Nature website for a viewpoint on fungi in nature.

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