Competitions - Music and Arts

Entries to the competition must comply with the following rules:

  • Aged 13 to 18 years old on 1st September 2011. (Y9-Y13).
  • Must attend a school/college in the North West UK (defined by Granada TV region) or North Wales at the time of entering the competition.
  • The entry must be based on a fungal theme, linked to either the fungus itself or a disease that it causes. See resources for ideas.

 

 

  • An entry must be your own original work.
  • Music entries must be no longer than 6 minutes. Either a score (as .txt file, .pdf or MP3 file) or lyrics of a song (as a word doc or PDF) must be uploaded.
  • Art entries can be of materiasl such as (watercolour,oil,charcoal,textile,ceramic etc)
  • Art entries must be photographed and up to 3 images and/or a very short (30 secs) video clip in wmv or MP4 format (only one of each entry) can be uploaded. Images must be compressed and preferably under 5MB in size.

 

 

  • The deadline of midnight April 29th must be strictly adhered to.
  • Artwork or video must be suitable to be exhibited if shortlisted (Photographs directly of a fungus or similarly video is not deemed to be original artwork).
  • Entries can not be returned and may be used for promotional purposes by the sponsor.

Latest Press

Competition shortlist

The judges have been studying all the entries and have now drawn up their shortlist. To view the shortlist click here. There were hundreds of entries of a very high standard and many were inspirational. We would like to congratulate all entrants on achieving such a high standard. Well done to all those who were shortlisted - and you will receive an email inviting you to bring your artwork for the final judging. Shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the Manchester Science Festival at the end of October. 

Poetry from Bob

One of our judges Bob Devereux has been creative: 

Spores floating in our atmosphere
Spores that the naked eye can’t see
I like to think they work for me
Recycling life’s detritus
 
Sometimes friends can get up my nose
Good friends can be bad enemies
It’s hard to breath at times like these
If they don't keep their distance
 
Keep looking for the way to win
This fight with space invaders
Keep spores at bay and in their place
Recycling life’s detritus

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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