The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing was established in 2012 to recognise excellence in Australian science writing.
The annual prize of $7000 is awarded to the best short non-fiction piece of science writing aimed at a general audience. Two runners up are awarded $1500 each.
The UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing is an initiative of UNSW Press, UNSW Science and Refraction Media, and is designed to encourage and celebrate the next generation of science writers, researchers and leaders, with prize vouchers of $500 and $250 for the winner and two runners-up.
The prize is named in honour of Australia’s first Nobel Laureates, father and son team William Henry Bragg and William Lawrence Bragg.
The prize is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.
An associated anthology, The Best Australian Science Writing (NewSouth Publishing) collects the best of the year’s science writing.
The 2019 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing will be awarded on 7 November.
2018 Winner & Runners Up
Dr Andrew Leigh MP
Winner for From bloodletting to placebo surgery
Runner Up for Amid fear and guns, polio finds a refuge
Runner Up for Radical Dimensions
2018 Student Winner & Runners Up
Year 7 Santa Sabina College Winner for I-Care
Coco Dwyer and Ruby Mumford
Year 10 Star of the Sea College Runner Ups for Technology is not only all around us, it’s inside us
Year 8 Santa Sabina College Runner Up for Celebrating 40 years of MRI technology, and why we need it more than ever
2017 Winner & Runners Up
Dr Alice Gorman
Winner for Trace fossils: the silence of Ediacara, the shadow of uranium
Runner Up for Grave Barrier Reef
Runnner Up for The Pyramid at the end of the world
2017 Student Winner & Runners Up
Year 7 Kedron State High School Winner for It’s what’s on the inside that counts
Year 9 Dalyellup College Runner Up for The very hungry caterpillars
Year 9 Radford College Runner Up for The fate of the Great Barrier Reef
2016 Winner & Runners Up
Winner for The Forest at the Edge of Time
Runner Up for Beautiful contrivances
Runner Up for Lucy’s lullaby: Song for the ages
2016 Student Winner & Runners Up
Year 10 Meriden School Winner for From here to the stars: discovering supernovae
Year 8 Frensham Runner Up for Can you hear me?
Year 9 James Ruse Agricultural High School Runner Up for An innovative instrument: the scanning tunnelling microscope
2015 Winner & Runners Up
Winner for The past may not make you feel any better
Runner Up for Why aren't we dead yet?
Runner Up for Beating the odds
2015 Inaugural Student Winner & Runners Up
Winner for A pendulum conundrum
Runner Up for Lighting up the universe: what a flame test reveals
Runner Up for X-rays - superpowers brought to life
2014 Winner & Runners Up
Winner for TB and me: A medical souvenir
Runner Up for Eleven grams of trouble
Runner Up for Weathering the storm
2013 Winner & Runners Up
Professor Fred Watson
Winner for Here come the ubernerds: Planets, Pluto and Prague
Professor Chris Turney
Runner Up for Martyrs to Gondwanaland: The cost of scientific exploration
Runner Up for Beyond the shock machine
2012 Winner & Runners Up
Winner for Storm front
Runner Up for The Aussie Mozzie Posse
Runner Up for The Evolution of the Inadequate Modern Male
Kathy Bail, Sienna Ters, Preethika Mathan, Dr Andrew Leigh and Jo Chandler
Ebony Wallin, Professor Emma Johnston, Sam Jones, Margaret Wertheim, Jo Chandler, Dr Alice Gorman, Carol Ge
Ashley Hay and Professor Fiona Stanley
Idan Ben-Barak, Trent Dalton & Bianca Nogrady
Priya Soni, Professor Ian Jacobs & Jessica Kitchen
Jo Chandler and David Gonski AC
Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO & Professor Fred Watson
L-R: Elizabeth Finkel, Professor Merlin Crossley, Jane McCredie, Professor Ian Chubb AC, Ashley Hay, Peter McAllister and Kathy Bail.
Elizabeth Finkel & Professor Ian Chubb AC