Archive | November 2015

10 Incredible Images Celebrating Science Photography

Tadpoles overhead

Tadpoles overhead (Credit: Bert Willaert)

Tadpoles overhead (Credit: Bert Willaert)

To conserve the natural world, I think drawing attention to the beauty of these ordinary moments in our own neighbourhoods, including our own backyards, is particularly important

“Clear water is hard to come across in the part of Belgium where I live, as a consequence of eutrophication. Algae grows from the nutrients flushed down the drains in detergents and sewage, clouding the waters and suffocating other oxygen-dependent life. When I noticed these common toad tadpoles in the crystal clear canal I wanted to capture the chance encounter from their perspective,” said winner Bert Willaert, who is a biologist of amphibian evolution and an environmental advisor.

 

Smashing

Smashing (Credit: Luca Antonio Marino)

Smashing (Credit: Luca Antonio Marino)

Runner up in the Behaviour category, taken by Luca Antonio Marino.

“An adult wild bearded capuchin monkey (Sapajus libidinosus) uses a stone tool to crack a very resistant palm nut in Fazenda Boa Vista in Piauì, Brazil. These monkeys habitually crack open very resistant palm nuts on hard surfaces using stones as percussive tools. This behaviour is considered one of the most complex forms of tool use by nonhuman species seen in nature,” explained Marino.

“The alpha male, weighing 4.2 kg, picked up a big stone (3.5 kg) and lifted that above his head to crack a piassava nut. Capuchins’ actions are very fast so it is hard to capture the decisive moment. In a matter of milliseconds I shot and took the photo that I wanted: the representation of capuchin monkeys’ strength and beauty.”

Sand has scales

Sand has scales (Credit: Fabio Pupin)

Sand has scales (Credit: Fabio Pupin)

Runner up in the Evolutionary Biology category, taken by Fabio Pupin.

Bitis peringueyi is an endemic adder from the Namib desert. It’s an ambush predator, highly equipped for the job. Many snakes are disguise masters but few completely burrow their entire body beneath the surface, and fewer have their eyes located on the top of their head,” said Pupin.

“Actually, if I hadn’t blown off the sand to better show its scaly pattern, this adder would have been completely invisible.”

Caribbean brain coral

Caribbean brain coral (Credit: Evan D'Alessandro)

Caribbean brain coral (Credit: Evan D’Alessandro)

Special commendation in the Proceedings B publisher’s choice category, taken by Evan D’Alessandro.

“The deep and abundant mysteries of reef building corals – their systematics, genetics, and phenotypic plasticity (variability in form possible within a single genetic individual) are only just now yielding their secrets to modern science. This image of what appears to be a single colony of the giant Caribbean brain coral (Colpophyllia natans) hints at the virtuoso abilities of corals to assume a wide range of different forms and appearances,” explained D’Alessandro.

“This photo raises many important questions regarding this species of coral. Are the four distinct zones in this photograph really genetically identical? What spurred the colony to grow in this strange and beautiful manner?”

Ancestry. Dominance. Endangered

Ancestry. Dominance. Endangered. (Credit: Martha M. Robbins)

Ancestry. Dominance. Endangered. (Credit: Martha M. Robbins)

Runner up in the Ecology and Environmental Science category, taken by Martha M. Robbins.

“This photo shows the strength and power of gorillas, one of our closest living relatives, yet also shows their vulnerability due to the pressures put on their world by humans. Taken in Rwanda, I observed the gorillas walking to the eucalyptus trees outside of the Volcanoes National Park and watched them strip the bark with their teeth,” said Robbins.

“Within a few minutes, the silverback of the group sat down to eat bark and faced out towards the farmland – almost as if he was contemplating the human society that lives next to the gorillas’ habitat.”

Fish louse

Fish louse (Credit: Steve Gschmeissner)

Fish louse (Credit: Steve Gschmeissner)

This false coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) received special commendation and was taken by Steve Gschmeissner.

“Lice lineages began to split and diversify during the late Cretaceous era, when dinosaurs, birds and early mammals probably were on the resilient parasites’ menus. Argulus is a species of fish lice that has been shown to be a well-adapted parasite, exhibiting unique hunting and breeding strategies that enable it to live in the harsh and variable climates of Europe, East Asia and Siberia, wreaking havoc on the profitability of any freshwater fishery it inhabits and infests,” said Gschmeissner.

Going with the flow: schooling to avoid a predator

Going with the flow: schooling to avoid a predator (Credit: Claudia Pogoreutz)

Going with the flow: schooling to avoid a predator (Credit: Claudia Pogoreutz)

Winner of the competition’s Behaviour category, taken by Claudia Pogoreutz.

“A school of tropical clupeid fish exhibit synchronised behaviour to keep a healthy distance from a teenage black-tip reef shark,” Pogoreutz said.

“Sharks would cruise placidly for hours without so much as looking at the smaller fish, until, all of a sudden, they would strike and gobble up a mouthful of clupeids. The picture was taken on a shallow reef flat on Kuramathi Island in the Rasdhoo Atoll, Republic of Maldives.”

Runs at dawn

Runs at dawn (Credit: Jose Juan Hernandez Martinez)

Runs at dawn (Credit: Jose Juan Hernandez Martinez)

This photo received special commendation in the Biology Letters publisher’s choice category and was taken by Jose Juan Hernandez Martinez.

“In the Canary Islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, after every winter rains, Canarian houbara bustard (Chlamydotis undulata) males begin their impressive courtship displays. From dawn onwards these males display at their favourite places and from there scamper around showing their plumage in all its glory,” said Martinez.

Fern with a drysuit

Fern with a drysuit (Credit: Ulrike Bauer)

Fern with a drysuit (Credit: Ulrike Bauer)

Winner of the Evolutionary Biology category, taken by Ulrike Bauer.

“Plants have evolved elaborate surface structures to modify the wettability of their leaves. The leaves of the water fern Salvinia molesta are covered with whisk-like hairs. The leaf surface and all but the very tip of the whisks is extremely water-repellent, keeping the leaf perfectly dry even when it is submerged for several weeks,” explained Bauer.

“The hydrophilic tips of the whisks ‘pin’ droplets in place. This further helps to prevent the water from entering the space in between the whisks. In recent years, plant surfaces have repeatedly inspired the design of biomimetic – nature-mimicking – applications for human use, most famously the self-cleaning paints based on the lotus leaf. The photograph was taken in Bonn Botanic Garden, Germany.”

A baboon gets lost in his thoughts

A baboon gets lost in his thoughts (Credit: Davide Gaglio)

A baboon gets lost in his thoughts (Credit: Davide Gaglio)

This photo received special commendation and was taken by Davide Gaglio.

“This image was taken at Cape Point Reserve, South Africa. I was taking photos of a group of baboons, trying to capture some interesting action shots. The baboons were not very active as the Sun was up and most of them were just resting,” explained Gaglio.

“I noted this baboon sitting and facing the Sun with his eyes closed, once I got close enough, without distracting him, he put one hand under his face, posing as though he was lost in his thoughts.”

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What Do Firefighters Actually Do?!

To launch their 150th anniversary, in collaboration with PLAYMOBIL, The London Fire Brigade have created this wonderful stop-motion video (with a flaming catchy song to accompany it) showing you what Firefighters do on their typical duties – and maybe a few dragons thrown in for good measure!

If the video above inspires you to become a Firefighter, and I don’t see why it wouldn’t, then please check out our courses in Public Services and gain a real insight into the world of the fire services.

Please note, no dragons were harmed in the making of this film!

12 Free Apps That Will Make You a Smarter Person

We know that you lot love to learn. But why does learning have to be confined to a classroom? What if it was portable?!

What if it is?!

Well, it definitely is. There are a whole range of mobile apps you can download to your phone or tablet that allow you to keep on learning and become the envy of your mates with some really cool knowledge! And best of all, Wow247 have done all the hard work for you pulling a list together of the best free apps!

Sky Map

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Ever found yourself gazing skyward on a clear night and wondering just what that really bright star up there is? Well, chances are, it’s not a star – it’s a planet. A whole other world harboring more secrets than we could possibly imagine. With this app handy simply point your phone to the stars, and by the magic of GPS tracking your screen will display a mapped out version of the heavens.

Want to find something specific? Tap it into the search bar and the app will direct you to its location.

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Star Walk

Star Walk app logo

Like the above, Star Walk uses location tracking and the gyroscopic mechanisms inside your device to paint an informative picture of the night sky. While perhaps not as cleanly presented and user friendly, Star Walk comes packed with even more features; tap on an object of interest for even more details, or use the Time Feature to see what the sky above your head looked like at any time in history. Cool, huh?

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NASA App

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This allows budding space explorers an up-close-and-personal look at the goings on over at NASA. All the features you could ever ask for are included: a live stream of NASA TV, thousands of archived images and videos, and detailed launch and mission information. It even packs full social media connectivity for sharing your discoveries with friends.

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Google Maps

Google Maps app logo

While Google Maps is predominantly used to seek out the nearest pubs, takeaways and other favoured amenities, it can actually be a pretty good learning tool. We’ve wasted countless hours just browsing Google Maps, having an explore of places we’d like to go and swooping down in to Street View for a closer look. The desktop version is able to take advantage of user created ‘layers’ that can add anything from the location of disused railway lines to still-standing World War II artifacts. A valuable tool for both geography and history, if you know how.

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Earthviewer

Earth-Viewer app logo

Earthviewer could quickly and easily be dismissed as a Google Earth clone on first glance. But delve a little deeper, and you’ll find maps with some excellent learning features; maps that track the movements of the Earth’s continents across millions of years, maps that can trace the positions of modern cities across eons of continental drift, and even mark their expected future positions, as well as temperature maps of the past century. Designed with the bigger screens of tablets in mind, this is fascinating stuff.

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QuakeFeed

Quakefeed app logo

This intriguing app uses data from the U.S. Geological Survey to display a real-time updated map of earthquakes recorded around the world. Choosing to view information in either a list or on a world map, users can see color coded pins displaying quake strength, and can investigate any given quake further, such as magnitude and epicenter depth. You’d be surprised how many (admittedly tiny) quakes go unnoticed in Britain!

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Anatomy 4D

Anatomy 4D app logo

Probably not one for the squeamish, the 4D in Anatomy‘s name comes from its use of augmented reality technology, which allows 3D models of human organs to appear right in front of you. Simply print off a free image target, lay it on a flat surface and point your camera at it, and the app will display a 3D computer graphics rendering of the human body and its various organ systems. Users can zoom in and out and change the viewing angle simply by moving their phone around the target, and can select points of interest for more information.

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Touch Surgery

Ever wanted to give surgery ago, but always thought that dusty ol’ Operation game sitting in the corner wasn’t nearly realistic enough? Then this is the app the for you. Touch Surgery allows the users to tackle a number of different surgeries, without the looming fear of manslaughter charges if it all goes wrong. You won’t become a qualified surgeon any time soon, but you’ll at least picks up some facts on the workings of the human body along the way.

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Science Bank

Science Bank app logo

Science Bank comes packed with facts and definitions in the worlds of biology, chemistry, physics, space and the environment. Presenting its information in a fun and colourful way, this could be the app for getting youngsters into sciences, and you can also save your favourite facts and pictures to return to later.

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Skeptical Science

skeptical-science app logo

What to do about that annoying ‘friend’ who’s always claiming global warming doesn’t exist? Simply show them Skeptical Science: a quick guide to debunking climate change denial, which lists the most commonly used arguments against climate change’s existence, and quickly provides proof in the opposite direction. We’d like to see the app tackle other scientific misconceptions, but this eco-friendly stance is a great starting point.

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Wolfram Alpha

wolfram alpha logo app

Stick any ol’ search term into Google and you’ll no doubt get a faceless list of suggested web pages. It’ll be helpful, sure, but it won’t answer your query right away, and won’t offer you anything extra. Wolfram Alpha on the other hand, touts itself as more than just a search engine – using its computational knowledge to answer questions on everything from mathematics and statistics to physics and earth sciences.

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TED

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TED talks have become big internet business over the past few years, with many an inquisitive mind’s late night taken up by “just one more talk”. With presentations on just about every subject you can imagine, TED is able to bring in some of the finest experts to put on engaging talks on their given topics. This app handily collates them all in to one place, so you’re never more than a screen’s tap away from learning your next fascinating insight.

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If these apps have only whet your appetite further for learning, then why not have a look through our courses here at The Sheffield College and evolve your knowledge today!

How to eat your way around the world…in Sheffield

Sheffield is an absolute foodies paradise if you know where to look. You can easily eat your way around the globe without even having to leave the comfort of your own city. If you love world foods and a vast array of cuisines then this list of world food restaurants from Wow247 is sure to tickle you taste buds

South America: La Vaca

La Vaca, 477-479 Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2QE, more info

Thailand: The Orchid

The Orchid, 219 London Road, Sheffield, S2 4LJ, more info

Turkey: Istanbul

Istanbul, 152-154, West Street, Sheffield, S1 4ES, more info

India: Mogul Room

Mogul Room, 282 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield, S11, more info

Spain: La Mama

La Mama, 238 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, S7 1FL, more info

Greece: The Greedy Greek

The Greedy Greek, 418-420 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield, S11 8ZP, more info

Morocco: Otto’s

Otto’s, 344 Sharrow Vale Road, Hunters Bar, Sheffield, S11 8ZP, more info

Italy: VeroGusto

VeroGusto, 12 Norfolk Row, Sheffield, S1 2PA, more info

Japan: Koko

Koko, 503 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, S11 8PR, more info

Brazil: Tropeiro

Tropiero, Leopold Square, Sheffield, S1 2JG, more info

If you have a passion for food, whether that’s eating or cooking, then why not try a catering course at The Sheffield College today and have the opportunity to work and learn in our state-of-the-art kitchens and onsite restaurant!

Want to work in theatre?

Want to work in Theatre, but not quite sure of the best way to get there?! Check out these fantastic tips from iCould and start putting the wheels in motion today!

1. Find out what it’s really like

“Contact theatres,” advises Claire Williamson, stage manager at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, “quite often we’ll absolutely be delighted to have you in.” Ask if you can watch backstage for a day or sit backstage during a show.

2. Get relevant experience

“Get as much experience outside of school or college,” advises Lisa Williamson, creative learning facilitor. With so many people coming out of university with similar skills and qualifications, relevant experience can really help you stand out. “Volunteer at your local theatre or assist with a drama group at your local community centre.”

3. Make the most of opportunities

“Don’t be particular…there’s always something to learn,” says Leila Kalbassi, scenic artist at Dundee Repertory Theatre, “The smallest company can teach you the biggest things.”

4. Consider related work

“Be open-minded about other talents that you have related to the arts, things like maybe writing or directing,” says actor Caroline Williamson, “Loads of actors do those things on the side whether it be in between acting jobs or alongside their acting work and that keeps them involved in doing what they love.”

5. Prove yourself

There are lots routes into a theatre career, but once you’re got your foot in the door, “work hard and work well,” says Euan McLaren, head of lighting and sound at the Royal Lyceum.

If this has only furthered your passion and desire to act, produce or help with Theatre on the big stage, then don’t hesitate in looking at our amazing Performing Arts courses – which are held at our brand spanking new Centre for Creative Industries at the Hillsborough campus complete with new state-of-the-art Theatre and facilities!

27 Art Destinations Around The World To Visit

Do you have the innermost desire to travel, to explore, to adventure?! Take a look at BuzzFeed’s list of 27 destinations around the world that art and culture lovers must visit!

1. Spiral Jetty – Great Salt Lake, Utah

Spiral Jetty – Great Salt Lake, Utah

In 1970, artist Robert Smithson wandered out onto northeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake in Utah and began work on what is perhaps his best known project–The Spiral Jetty. Since Smithson’s untimely death only three years after its completion, Spiral Jettyhas become a primal testament to humanity’s mark on the environment and a popular destination for tourists and art lovers alike.

2. Salvation Mountain – Niland, CA

Salvation Mountain – Niland, CA

In 2000, the Folk Art Society of America declared Salvation Mountain as a “folk art site worthy of preservation and protection.” This huge, brightly colored art installation in California’s Colorado Desert was built by hand, day after day for years, by a man named Leonard Knight as a testament to his love for Jesus Christ.

3. The Lightning Field – Catron County, New Mexico

The Lightning Field – Catron County, New Mexico
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Deep in a remote desert region of New Mexico is a field of 400 polished stainless steel poles–each an ideal conductor of electricity during passing lightning storms. American sculptor Walter De Maria’s Lighting Field is an icon of an art movement known as “Land Art” and a spectacular show of nature’s sheer force and beauty.

4. Cadillac Ranch – Amarillo, Texas

Cadillac Ranch – Amarillo, Texas
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Cadillac Ranch is an art installation built in 1974 by an art collective named ‘Ant Farm’. Since then, these Cadillacs have been completely covered in spray paint and graffiti–but it’s actually encouraged! It’s also the inspiration for “Cadillac Range” in Pixar’s Carsas well as a classic track on Bruce Springsteen’s 1980 album The River.

5. Marfa, Texas

Marfa, Texas
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During the 1970s, artist Donald Judd along with Dia Art Foundation purchased a large portion of land in Marfa, Texas, transforming the small desert town into a mecca of Minimal and Contemporary Art. It was his belief that art museums were restrictive and temporary, while art installed directly in nature would allow a transformative and more intimate experience for the viewer.

6. Roden Crater – Flagstaff, Arizona

Roden Crater – Flagstaff, Arizona
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The Roden Crater is a 400,000 year old, 3-mile-wide extinct volcano that was purchased by artist James Turrell in 1979. Still incomplete to this day, the crater has built a reputation as one of the most ambitious and monumental projects of the “Land Art” movement.

7. Nazca Lines – Nazca Desert, Peru

Nazca Lines – Nazca Desert, Peru

Pre-dating the American “Land Art” movement by almost 2000 years, the Nazca Lines are believed to have been made by Peru’s Nazca people, who flourished between 1–700 A.D. In total, there are about 300 geometric figures, some as wide as 30 miles long and visible from space! Why did they put them there? No one knows for sure…

8. The Sistine Chapel – Vatican City

The Sistine Chapel – Vatican City
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The Sistine Chapel needs little to no introduction when it comes to being one of the most iconic art destinations in the world. The chapel is home to a flood of priceless works including frescos by Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and of course, the famedLast Judgement by Michelangelo.

9. Rothko Chapel – Houston, Texas

Rothko Chapel – Houston, Texas
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When the Museum of Modern Art acquired Mark Rothko’s painting No. 10 in 1952, it was so radical at the time that several museum staffers actually resigned in protest. Built a little over a decade later in 1964, Rothko’s Chapel perfectly encapsulates the quiet, contemplative qualities that those absent minded MoMA staffer’s didn’t seem to catch the first time around.

10. Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence – Vence, France

Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence – Vence, France
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Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, or the “Matisse Chapel”, was a passion project by artist Henri Matisse to which he began at the ripe old age of 77. The chapel features a number of his original works and was often referred to by Matisse as his “masterpiece”.

11. Claude Monet’s garden – Giverny, France

Claude Monet's garden – Giverny, France
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On a train to Paris in the 1800s, Claude Monet peered out his window at the passing village of Giverny–he immediately fell in love. Today, guests are invited to tour the gardens where Monet produce some of his most iconic works en plein air.

12. The Louvre – Paris, France

The Louvre – Paris, France

With over over 400,000 works on view, it’s said that it would take over three months to see everything on view in this museum! Off course, there’s some heavy hitters that may be worth skipping to–including the Venus de Milo and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

13. Storm King Art Center – New Windsor, New York

Storm King Art Center – New Windsor, New York
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Storm King Art Center is located a little over an hour from New York City in the beautiful Hudson Valley. This open air sculpture park features permanent works by Richard Serra, Maya Lin, Louise Bourgeois, and Roy Lichtenstein–just to name a few. Also, the views of New York are to die for!

14. Dia:Beacon – Beacon, New York

Dia:Beacon – Beacon, New York
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Dia:Beacon is an art museum located in an old converted Nabisco factory, a little over an hour outside of New York City in the Hudson River Valley. Where else can you find works by Andy Warhol, Dan Flavin, Richard Serra, Michael Heizer, Kawara, Agnes Martin, Blinky Palermo, and Robert Ryman, all showing under the same roof at once!

15. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía – Madrid, Spain

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía – Madrid, Spain
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The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is Spain’s national museum of 20th-century art. It’s collection is primarily dedicated to Spanish art and features what is perhaps the most famous work by artist Pablo Picasso–Guernica.

16. Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, New York
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most visited art museums in the world, featuring over two million works of art in seventeen curatorial departments. A must see for anyone visiting New York.

17. The Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam, Netherlands

To stand face to face with Rembrandt’s 1642 masterpiece, The Night Watch, is alone well worth a visit to the Rijksmuseum. But the 2,000 other paintings from the Dutch Golden Age should be enough to book your plane tickets.

18. Museum of Modern Art – New York, New York

Museum of Modern Art – New York, New York
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It’s worth braving the selfie-taking-tourists and crowded galleries to catch a glimpse of Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night or perhaps Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.

19. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – New York, New York

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – New York, New York
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The Guggenheim itself is a work of art that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1959. Inside is a treasure trove of iconic works from the Guggenheim’s extensive collection and an immersive space for viewing their ever changing calendar of art surveys.

20. The Guggenheim Bilbao – Bilbao, Spain

The Guggenheim Bilbao – Bilbao, Spain

The Guggenheim’s sister museum lives up the precedence set by its New York City counterpart and has also established itself as a world class art destination.

21. Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France

Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France
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Having housed the kings and queens of France until the French Revolution, the Palace of Versailles is one of the world’s most lavish and opulent residences in the world. It’s Baroque heaven in there!

22. Lakshmana Temple – Khajuraho, India

Lakshmana Temple – Khajuraho, India
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The Lakshmana Temple was built around 930-950 A.D. as a shrine to the Hindu deity Vaikuntha Chaturmurti. It’s ornate architecture and intricate network of century-old sculptures makes this temple one of the most magnificent art destinations in India, much less the world.

23. The Terracotta Army – Shaanxi province, China

The Terracotta Army – Shaanxi province, China
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The Terracotta Army was discovered in 1974 by farmers digging a water well in Shaanxi province, China. Soon after, Chinese archeologists found some 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots, 520 horses, and 150 cavalry soldiers, all expertly crafted in clay terracotta. These figures date from approximately the 3rd century BCE and were built to protect the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, in the afterlife.

24. “Crack Is Wack” Playground – Harlem, New York

"Crack Is Wack" Playground – Harlem, New York
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Keith Haring’s Crack is Wack mural in the New York City neighborhood of Harlem is more than just a park decoration–it represents the relationship between an artist and their audience, as well perfectly captures the tribulations of New York City in the mid-1980s.

25. Dismaland – North Somerset, England

Dismaland – North Somerset, England

Ok. So yes, Banksy’s demented Disneyland parody, Dismaland , has only been open for a few days now. But in that short amount of time, his sick sense of humor and cultural critique has captivated audiences both online and IRL. It’s definitely worth the visit, even if just to brag to your friends that you did.

26. Frida Kahlo Museum – Coyoacán, Mexico

Frida Kahlo Museum – Coyoacán, Mexico

The Frida Kahlo Museum offers an intimate look into the life of this prolific Mexican artist. Located within Frida’s own home that she shared with her husband Diego Rivera, the museum gives visitors an opportunity to see how an artist lives and finds inspiration.

27. Lascaux – Dordogne, France

Lascaux – Dordogne, France
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Lascaux is a remarkable art destination for a number of reasons, but most importantly it’s one of best preserved examples of prehistoric art–dating at around 17,300 years old. These Paleolithic cave paintings were discovered in 1940, hidden within a network of caves in southwestern France. Definitive proof that where ever there are humans, there will also be art.

If this has tickled your fancy to get travelling, but want to travel through work, take a look at our fantastic Travel and Tourism courses – complete with full aircraft training cabin!

Job of the Week – Bookkeepers, Payroll Managers and Wage Clerks

It’s that time of the week again as we bring you all the latest information on the best jobs in the Sheffield City Region!

Job of the Week is here to bring you all the latest information on occupations in the Sheffield City Region to help you decide whether it may be the right career path for you, or not for that matter.

This week we’re arming you with the latest and most up to date information for Bookkeepers, Payroll Managers and Wage Clerks!

As you can see in the table below, there are currently 10,117 Bookkeepers, Payroll Managers and Wage Clerks employed in the Sheffield City Region.

Jobs (2015) % Change (2015-2020) Median Earnings
10,117 2.5% £9.94 per hour

Aspiring Bookkeepers, Payroll Managers and Wage Clerks need not worry in the Sheffield City Region as it is anticipated there will be a 2.5% increase of employed jobs over the next 5 years. This will result in a whopping 248 new jobs created taking the total to 10,365.

In the Sheffield City Region average earnings for Bookkeepers, Payroll Managers and Wage Clerks is £9.94 per hour. Starting salaries usually vary between £15,000 and £16,000 a year but once you’ve put the work in alongside a bit of experience, you can earn up to £22,000 a year.

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  Region 2015 Jobs 2020 Jobs % Change
Sheffield City Region 10,117 10,365 10.7%
Nation 466,865 486,212 4.1%

That’s all well and good, but what do you actually need to be good at and interested in to become a Bookkeepers, Payroll Managers or Wage Clerk? Well…

You will need:

  • confidence in working with numbers
  • good spoken and written communication skills
  • good teamworking skills
  • an interest in business and finance
  • an organised and methodical approach
  • a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • honesty and discretion
  • an ability to solve problems

Sound like it might be the right career path for you? If that is the case, take a look at our Business Administration page with all the necessary information to get you started as a Bookkeepers, Payroll Managers or Wage Clerk http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk/Vocational-Areas/Business-and-Enterprise/Business-Administration

 

 

 

15 of the Best Female Film Directors Ever

In 2014-2015, women accounted for 18% of directors working on narrative features screening at all major film festivals. Just seven percent of the Top 250 films in 2014 were made by female directors and only four women have been nominated for a best director Oscar – with just one winning.

To showcase the work that goes on in the film industry by women, Wow247 have pulled together a list of some of the best ever female directors.

Penny Marshall

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After starting out as an actress, most notably playing Laverne DeFazio in the Happy Days spin off Laverne and Shirley, Marshall decided to move into directing with her first feature film being Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986), starring Whoopi Goldberg. She then went on to direct the ’80s classic Big (1988) which became the first film directed by a woman to gross in excess of $100 million at box office. Awakenings (1990) was nominated for an Academy Award.

Watch Big (1988), Riding in Cars with Boys (2001), Awakenings (1990), A League of their Own (1992)

Jane Campion

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New Zealander Jane Campion was the second of only four women ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director, and was also the first ever female to recieve the Palme d’Or for her critically acclaimed film The Piano (1993). This also won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. After directing several shorts, her feature length debut Sweetie (1989) won international awards. An Angel at My Table (1990) is a powerful portrait of the New Zealand poet Jane Frame.

Watch: The Piano (1993), Sweetie (1989), An Angel at My Table (1990)

Mary Harron

Canadian director Mary Harron

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Canadian Mary Harron directed her feature debut I Shot Andy Warhol in 1996 and went on to make cult classic American Psycho in 2000, The Notorious Bettie Page in 2005 and, most recently, The Moth Diaries in 2011She has also directed television series including Six Feet Under, Oz and The L Word and is currently developing a film about the New York punk scene, which she was heavily entwined with in the ’70s.

Watch: I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), American Psycho (2000) The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)

Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola
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Sofia Coppola received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the poignant Lost In Translation (2003) and became the third woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director. The daughter of Francis Ford Coppola, this validated her place in the film industry following nepotism-related criticisms in her early career. Her most recent film was The Bling Ring (2013) which told the story of a circle of Californian teens burgling the homes of the rich and famous between 2008-2009.

Watch: Lost in Translation (2003), The Virgin Suicides (1991), The Bling Ring (2013)

Lisa Cholodenko

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This Californian director is best known for the 2010 tale of artificial insemination and non-traditional family life, The Kids Are All Right; nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA and winning a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. She began her film career working as an apprentice editor on John Singleton’s Boyz in the Hood (1991), and most recently directed the opening episode of The Slap – a mini-series based on the book by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas.

Watch: The Kids Are Alright (2010), High Art (1998) Laurel Canyon (2002)

Andrea Arnold

Andrea Arnold

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Born and bred in Kent in the UK, Arnold started out her film career as a television presenter, later going on to study directing at the AFI Conservatory in LA, and screenwriting in Kent. Her early short films inlcluded Milk (1998), Dog (2001) and the critically acclaimed Wasp (2003). Her feature debut was Red Road (2006), a revenge story set in a notorious housing estate in Glasgow. Specialising in gritty, real, kitchen sink style drama, her style is affecting and engaging.

Watch: Red Road (2006) , Fish Tank (2009), Wasp (2003)

Lone Scherfig

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Lone Scherfig is a Danish director who has been actively involved with Lars Von Trier’s avant-garde filmaking movement, Dogme 95. She has made a total of seven films, including the Oscar-nominated An Education (2009). She also directed the reasonably commercially successful rom-com One Day, based on the David Nicholls novel of the same name. She has very much been identified as a blossoming talent, developing her directorial style with each film she produces. Her latest offering came in the form of the 2014 Oxford University based The Riot Club.

Watch: Italian for Beginners (2002), Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002), An Education (2009)

Kathryn Bigelow

One of the few female directors to be given a shot at directing an action movie, Bigelow has directed several including Point Break (1991), Strange Days (1995), The Hurt Locker (2009) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012). Not only is Bigelow the only ever woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director for The Hurt Locker, she did it with an action packed war thriller. With an impressive filmography behind her, Bigelow is arguably the most influential female director ever.

Hurt Locker also saw her awarded the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Direction, the BAFTA Award for Best Direction and the Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Directing. She became the first ever woman to win the Saturn Award for Best Director in 1995 for Strange Days and the first woman to win the National Board of Review Award for Best Director, when directing Zero Dark Thirty. It’s safe to say that Bigelow is an outstanding example of a woman challenging the patriarchy, and in April 2010 she was included in the Time 100 most influential people of the year list. 

Watch: New Order: Substance (1989), Zero Dark Thirty (2013), Point Break (1991), The Hurt Locker (2008)

Ana Lily Amirpou

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After her “Vampire Spaghetti Western” feature-length debut A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014), there are high hopes for this Iranian-American filmmaker. When the film premiered, Eddy Morretti (the Creative Director of VICE, who distributed the film) described Amirpour as “the next Tarantino”. The director’s next project comes in the form of a post-apocalyptic cannibal love story set in a Texas wasteland, which she has described as being both “very violent” and “very romantic”.

Watch: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)

Ava Duvernay

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In 2012, Ava Du Vernay became the first ever African-American woman to win Best Director for her feature film Middle of Nowhere at the Sundance Film Festival. For Selma – released only last year –  she is the first ever black female director to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. DuVernay is currently in development on a film chronicling a love story and murder mystery during the time of Hurricane Katrina. She’s also executive producing upcoming drama series Queen Sugar with Oprah Winfrey, and is set to direct a new crime drama pilot for CBS.

Watch: Selma (2014), The Door (2013), I Will Follow (2011)

Lynne Ramsay

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Lynne Ramsay is a Scottish fdirector, writer and producer with her best known feature films being Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar and the wonderfully disturbing We Need to Talk about Kevin. Her unique style focuses on young people and the recurring themes of death, grief and guilt. Low dialogue, bleak montages and disturbing imagery have made her one of the most distinctively stylish Scottish directors of recent years.

Watch: Morven Callar (2002), Ratcatcher (1999), We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

Kira Muratova

Kira Muratova is a Ukrainian award-winning director, known for her unusual filmmaking style. Muratova studied at the Moscow Film School then went on to direct at the Odessa Film Studio, where she made her feature film Our Honest Bread (1964). Due to her unorthodox style, her films underwent a great deal of censorship in the Soviet Union but after the collapse of the union, she went on to achieve high critical acclaim at film festivals throughout the world. The Asthentic Syndrome in particular garnered critical appraisal and Muratova won a Locarno Leopard of Honour for her life’s work in 1994.

Watch: Brief Encounters (1967), The Tuner (2004), The Asthenic Syndrome (1989)

Penelope Spheeris

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Penelope Spheeris started her own company, Rock ‘N Reel, in 1974 – the first production house in LA to specialise in making music videos. After creating videos for many bands throughout the ’70s and ’80s, Spheeris then helmed the Grammy nominated ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ video for her seventh feature film Wayne’s World. As well as the cult classic Wayne’s World, Spheeris is best known for the documentary trilogy entitled The Collapse of Western Civilisation, which told the story of the LA punk scene. Part two in the trilogy was The Metal Years while part three focused more on the societal issues surrounding the scene than the music itself.

Watch: Wayne’s World (1992), The Decline of Western Civilization (1979)

Claire Denis

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Claire Denis is a French director and writer, who grew up in West Africa – something which has had a clear impact on her filmmaking. Most of her works centre around the theme of colonialism and post-colonialism in Africa. Her debut feature film Chocolat (1988) was selected for the Cannes Film Festival, and won her critical acclaim for the semi-autobiographical look at African colonialism. In 2013, Denis was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Stockholm Film Festival. Denis has announced that she is currently working on a sci-fi film set in space with award winning writer Zadie Smith. Robert Pattinson has been announced as the lead role. This will be her first ever English language feature film, and will certainly be one to keep an eye out for.

Watch: Beau Travail (2000), Chocolat (1988)

Agnès Jaoui

Starting out as an actress, Jaoui directed her first feature film The Taste of Others, in 2000. In 2001, the film won four Cesar Awards and was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Her second film Look at Me (2004)  was selected for Cannes and won the prize for Best Screenplay. Her most recent offering Under the Rainbow (2013) received great praise from French critics and viewers, and explores themes of fairytale and and make believe.

Watch: The Taste of Others (2000). Under the Rainbow (2013)
If you have a keen eye for film and would like to make an impression on the film industry, as those above have, we have tremendous media facilities at our brand new Centre for Creative Industries, including a theatre, photography studios and  television studios complete with brand new equipment. To find out more please follow http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk/Vocational-Areas/Arts-Performance-and-Media

13 Game-Changing Pieces Of Construction

Buildings are a wonderful thing. Some sit majestically in their landscape, whilst others are more subdued yet equally as beautiful. However, they all have one thing in common. They all started from one small idea and were transformed into a reality.

BuzzFeed have collated a list of 13 game-changing pieces of construction.

1. Clyde Auditorium: Glasgow, Scotland

Clyde Auditorium: Glasgow, Scotland
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Boasting not just 3,000 seats, spectacular design (by renowned British architects Foster and Partners) throughout, and an adorable nickname (“The Armadillo”), the Clyde Auditorium also boasts its own four-star hotel. Not bad, Glasgow. Not bad.

2. Gateshead Millennium Bridge: Gateshead, England

Gateshead Millennium Bridge: Gateshead, England

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A spectacularly designed bridge over the River Tyne in England’s northeast, Gateshead Millennium Bridge was the brainchild of architect Wilkinson Eyre. Also known as the “Blinking Eye Bridge” it can “tilt” from fully closed to open in as little as four-and-a-half minutes to allow boats to pass under its arches.

3. Dongdaemun Design Plaza: Seoul, South Korea

Dongdaemun Design Plaza: Seoul, South Korea

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Designed by legendary Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and Samoo Architects & Engineers, the Seoul construction has become a much loved part of the city’s skyline. With its spacey neo-futuristic design, it is the centre of Seoul’s fashion and design hubs, boasts a public park on its roof, and was one of the key factors in winning the city’s designation as World Design Capital in 2010.

4. Milwaukee Art Museum: Milwaukee, USA

Milwaukee Art Museum: Milwaukee, USA

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The Milwaukee Art Museum is home to over 30,000 works of art, with each wing designed by a different architect, the most standout of which is the Quadracci Pavilion by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The wing contains a movable brise-soleil that opens up during the day to its full 217 feet wingspan and folds back over at night or in inclement weather.

5. The Rolling Bridge: London, England

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Straight from the mind of British designer Thomas Heatherwick, Paddington Basin’s The Rolling Bridge acts as a regular bridge during the day, only to curl up and form a pleasingly neat octagonal structure at night.

6. Washington Canal Park: Washington, D.C., USA

Washington Canal Park: Washington, D.C., USA

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Born from the district’s Anacostia Waterfront Initiative in Washington, D.C., the Canal Park is a three-acre park built on a former car park that “presents a model of sustainability, a social gathering place, and an economic trigger for the surrounding neighborhood,” according to the Urban Land Institute, and also has an integrated stormwater system, which saves the city around 1.5 million gallons of water a year.

7. Lærdal Tunnel: Sogn og Fjordane, Norway

Lærdal Tunnel: Sogn og Fjordane, Norway

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Not content with it already being the longest tunnel in the world at 15.2 miles, the tunnel between Lærdal and Aurland in Norway also has a bunch of special mood lighting to keep things interesting. It was also the first tunnel in the world to have its own air treatment plant which removes both dust and nitrogen dioxide from the tunnel to render it high in air quality.

8. Trellick Tower: London, England

Trellick Tower: London, England

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Regarded as a landmark in brutalism on these shores, the northwest London tower was erected in 1972 by legendary architect Erno Goldfinger. Commissioned after his earlier construction, Poplar’s Balfron Tower, the building’s separate lift and service tower became instantly iconic and turned modern urban architecture in London into a tourist attraction.

9. 1 Bligh Street: Sydney, Austrailia

1 Bligh Street: Sydney, Austrailia

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An office building in Sydney’s central business district, 1 Bligh Street was designed in a collaboration between Architectus and Ingenhoven Architects, and was awarded six-star Green Status for its ecological sustainability. The country’s first major high-rise to use a full double-skin facade (an advancement that lessens glare from Sydney’s strong sunlight and conserves energy) and its atrium (above) is a sight to behold.

10. Huf Haus: Various, Germany

Huf Haus: Various, Germany

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Based in Germany, Huf Haus are masters of glass-heavy, prefabricated architecture. Steeped in the clean, angular tradition of the early 20th century Bauhaus tradition, the company’s buildings are typically – despite the amount of glass on display – extremely energy efficient, with many newer builds utilising triple-glazing and insulated wood.

11. The Great Glasshouse: Carmarthenshire, Wales

The Great Glasshouse: Carmarthenshire, Wales

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The largest of its kind when it when it opened at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in 2000, this huge glass greenhouse looks like a giant raindrop and houses some of the most endangered plants on the planet.

12. Bahrain World Trade Centre: Manama, Bahrain

Bahrain World Trade Centre: Manama, Bahrain

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The first skyscraper in the world to integrate wind turbine technology into its construction, the Bahrain World Trade Centre, built by British architecture firm Atkins, has won several awards for its sustainability. Plus, you know, it looks like it’s from outer space.

13. Hovenring: Eindhoven, Netherlands

Hovenring: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Roundabouts have been dangerous for cyclists for too long, and now the Hovenring in Eindhoven, Netherlands, has a separate LED-lit platform that hovers about the busy motorway beneath. Safe, efficient, and it looks like a UFO. That’s a tick, another tick, and one more big tick from us.

If, like all of the above, you have fantastic ideas about how the structure of a building should look or what the next world famous landmark should be like then you can’t go far wrong with a construction course at The Sheffield College. With our new Centre for Technology, Engineering and Design at Olive Grove our state-of-the-art facilities will make sure you have the best platform to construct whatever you have in mind (within reason, of course!)

Here’s what you can earn playing video games

Do you love gaming? Just absolutely love it?!

Whether it’s Xbox or PlayStation, Halo or Assassin’s Creed – all you want to do is play. The hours of practice have paid off and your somewhat of a cyber-legend amongst fellow gamers.

I’m sure if we’ve just described you, you’ll know that you can earn money from gaming. The question is, how much?

Wow247 have analysed people who are currently earning playing video games – from the big-name stars to the more average salaries – and bring them to you below!

YouTubing

Let’s start with the basics, and the most profitable. Recording footage of your video gameplay, commentating over it with a humorous or informative style, and then uploading that video to YouTube, from which you will receive revenue based on the number of views your video gets, sounds very easy. But we’re sure every gamer understands the difficulty of launching yourself into the stratosphere.

One particular YouTube personality had no such difficulty with his career, as he became a massive internet hit relatively quickly, and the name PewDiePie has become common knowledge.

In just 21 hours at the time of writing, PewDiePie’s latest video has hit 1.4 million views.

So let’s get down to the maths. YouTube claims that the CPM (amount of money paid out per thousand views) of a pre-roll advertisement (adverts that play before your video) is $7.60. However, YouTube takes 45% of all profits, so let’s reduce that figure to $4.60 (rounded up).

So if PewDiePie receives an average of $4.60 for every 1,000 views, in the last 21 hours he has earned $6,440, which is £4,191 to us Brits.

His estimated yearly earnings – which are extremely broad, due to little personal information and Youtube’s unreliable algorithms – is somewhere between $800,000 and $8 million, and most people believe it to be nearer to the latter.

That's ridiculous

At this point however, it’s important to consider that the average gaming video on YouTube will receive around 3,000 views.

So if you were to set up a YouTube channel, and get just above the average views on a video (which really isn’t that hard, as that average is greatly dragged down by the abundance of terrible twoddle tagged under ‘gaming’), then you could be earning around $23, which is £15 per day.

That may not sound like much, but for the joy of playing video games, and bearing in mind that the channel would be constantly growing, there’s every chance that an avid gamer could make a modest living out of it at some point.

Tournament gaming

COD tourney

Now this is where it gets a little bit more tricky, on account of…. well, having to be one of the best players in the world to compete. Gaming tournaments always focus on one specific game, and require plenty of qualification and preliminary practice in order to gain admittance.

However, once you get into the ‘big leagues’, it’s very profitable. At the latest Dota 2 World Championships, the overall winning team, The Evil Geniuses, which was made up of five members, took home $6.6 million just in prize money.

So that’s $1.32 million or £860,000 each, for playing a video game,

The prize money for the winner of Wimbledon 2015 was £1.88 million, meaning that the winners of the Dota 2 World Championships, earned nearly twice as much as the semi-finalists of the most prestigious tennis competition on the planet.

Okay, so maybe it’s a little out of our reach to become the best in the world at a game, but you don’t have to win to earn money from it.

At the 2001 Counterstrike World Championship, 32 teams competed for the grand prize. Teams that placed 25th to 32nd, received $1,000. That’s $1,000, just for getting to the tournament.

Live streaming

Twitch TV

Live streaming is relatively new to the gaming/entertainment scene, with regular content producers only recently starting to utilise the opportunities that it offers. Even if you’re not into live streaming though, you must have heard of Twitch TV, which is probably the biggest source of gaming streams at the moment.

Anyway, face-cams and live gameplay are extremely popular in the community, with some generous viewers even going as far as to donate money to the person that they are viewing (I’ve seen somebody donate £250 in one go, and I nearly died of shock). Twitch streaming also provides other revenue offers including viewership based advertising.

One user, who goes by the name of Jeffrey Shih, streams every single night, and gathers about 15,000 viewers every day. He earns approximately $7,500 per month, which is $90,000 a year.

Shih himself estimates that holding an average of 5,000 regular viewers would be enough earn a stable yearly wage, and with bonuses and donations, a regular life can be lived with just 2,000 loyal viewers.

As Daniel Fenner demonstrates in his article about his life as a professional Twitch streamer, it’s extremely hard work to earn a living from it. But how hard can playing video games get, right?

That's the dream

What needs to be remembered, is that you could earn a living off of any one of these methods of professional gaming, but most gamers combine the methods to maximise their workload and internet presence.

With millions now tuning in to watch people play, we’re not surprised that CaptainSparkelz bought a £2.9 million mansion.
If you making money out of playing video games all day sounds perfect, then you need to make sure you understand the technology behind it to keep one step ahead. Check out our computing courses at The Sheffield College today, and begin your quest to legendary status!