2024 Science

First Place
First Place

A wedding party cross the street during smoke and haze caused by wildfires in Canada, in New York City on June 07, 2023. Beginning in March 2023, Canada was affected by a series of record-setting wildfires. All 13 provinces and territories were affected, with the 2023 wildfire season seeing the most area burned in recorded North American history. Toxic smoke from the wildfires in Canada drifted over New York and other states, engulfing cities in an orange haze.

Second Place
Second Place

CORCORAN, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 27: In an aerial view, a vehicle drives through floodwaters in the reemerging Tulare Lake, in California’s Central Valley, on April 27, 2023 near Corcoran, California. Tulare Lake, once the largest body of freshwater west of the Mississippi River, disappeared when waters were diverted by agricultural interests to irrigate crops in the late 19th and early 20th century. Atmospheric river storm events caused significant flooding in the lakebed area with over 100 square miles of farms and other land currently flooded. The impending Sierra Nevada mountains snowmelt, with snowpack levels around historic highs, could expand the lake size to 200 square miles, threatening farming communities and billions in losses while water could remain in the lakebed for up to two years. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Third Place
Third Place

Birding volunteer Michael Colley untangles a screaming bird from one of the volunteer’s 18 mist nets, a thin net that catches birds in flight, on Sunday, April 16, 2023 in Skagen, Denmark. At the northern tip of Denmark, a small group of volunteers living in the Skagen Grey Lighthouse are responsible for collecting data on a common yet essential animal- birds. The volunteers, who usually stay at the station in Skagen for a handful of months, are often awake long before sunrise and work until sundown, adapting to a limited sleep schedule in order to maximize data collection. Ringing sessions, which involve attaching a small ring to the bird’s leg, are essential for tracking bird migration. These sessions require the volunteers to be awake by 3 a.m. during the first weeks of April and even earlier during the summer months. The volunteers regularly capture, ring and release over 50 birds a day when the mist nets are set up.

Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention

A small hunk of iceberg is battered by waves on the black sand’s of Diamond Beach in Suðurlandsvegur, Iceland on June 19, 2023. The Blue Blob, a mysterious patch of cold water in the North Atlantic Ocean, has caught the attention of scientists as it brings colder weather to Greenland and Iceland, and slowing the melting of their glaciers.