Bragg Prize

Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing

The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing was established in 2012 to recognise excellence in Australian science writing. The annual prize of $7,000 is awarded to the best short non-fiction piece of science writing aimed at a general audience. Two runners up are awarded $1,500 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 supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and named in honour of Australia’s first Nobel Laureates, father and son team William Henry Bragg and William Lawrence Bragg. 

An associated anthology, The Best Australian Science Writing (NewSouth Publishing) collects the best of the year’s science writing.

2018 Winner & Runners Up

  • Dr Andrew Leigh MP (Winner) - From bloodletting to placebo surgery
  • Jo Chandler (Runner Up) -  Amid fear and guns, polio finds a refuge
  • Margaret Wertheim (Runner Up) - Radical Dimensions

2017 Winner & Runners Up

  • Dr Alice Gorman(Winner) - Trace fossils: the silence of Ediacara, the shadow of uranium 
  • Jo Chandler(Runner Up) - Grave Barrier Reef
  • Elmo Keep(Runner Up) - The Pyramid at the end of the world

2016 Winner & Runners Up

  • Ashley Hay (Winner) - The Forest at the Edge of Time
  • Susan Double(Runner Up) - Beautiful contrivances
  • Fiona McMillan(Runner Up) - Lucy’s lullaby: Song for the ages

2015 Winner & Runners Up

  • Christine Kenneally(Winner) - The past may not make you feel any better
  • Idan Ben-Barak (Runner Up) - Why aren't we dead yet?
  • Trent Dalton (Runner Up) - Beating the odds

2014 Winner & Runners Up

  • Jo Chandler(Winner) - TB and me: A medical souvenir
  • Frank Bowden(Runner Up) - Eleven grams of trouble
  • Peter Meredith(Runner Up) - Weathering the storm

2013 Winner & Runners Up

  • Professor Fred Watson(Winner) - Here come the ubernerds: Planets, Pluto and Prague
  • Professor Chris Turney(Runner Up) - Martyrs to Gondwanaland: The cost of scientific exploration 
  • Gina Perry(Runner Up) - Beyond the shock machine

2012 Winner & Runners Up

  • Jo Chandler(Winner) -  Storm front
  • Ashley Hay(Runner Up) - The Aussie Mozzie Posse
  • Peter McAllister(Runner Up) - for The Evolution of the Inadequate Modern Male

2018 Student Winner & Runners Up 

  • Preethika Mathan, Year 7 Santa Sabina College (Winner) -  I-Care 
  • Coco Dwyer and Ruby Mumford, Year 10 Star of the Sea College (Runner Ups) - Technology is not only all around us, it’s inside us 
  • Sienna Ters, Year 8 Santa Sabina College (Runner Up) - Celebrating 40 years of MRI technology, and why we need it more than ever 

2017 Student Winner & Runners Up 

  • Sam Jones, Year 7 Kedron State High School (Winner) -  It’s what’s on the inside that counts 
  • Ebony Wallin, Year 9 Dalyellup College (Runner Up) -  The very hungry caterpillars 
  • Carol Ge, Year 9 Radford College (Runner Up) -  The fate of the Great Barrier Reef 

2016 Student Winner & Runners Up 

  • Marissa Petrakis, Year 10 Meriden School (Winner) - From here to the stars: discovering supernovae 
  • Gemma Macauley-Black, Year 8 Frensham (Runner Up) - Can you hear me? 
  • Chelsy Teng, Year 9 James Ruse Agricultural High School (Runner Up) - An innovative instrument: the scanning tunnelling microscope 

2015 Inaugural Student Winner & Runners Up 

  • Jessica Kitchen - (Winner) - A pendulum conundrum 
  • Holly Reid (Runner Up) - Lighting up the universe: what a flame test reveals 
  • Priya Soni (Runner Up) - X-rays - superpowers brought to life