Enter the TES competition on page 12 to win a set of the exciting books shortlisted for last year's Aventis science prize. We have 10 sets to give away: Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another, by Philip Ball (winner); The Ancestor's Tale, by Richard Dawkins; Why Life Speeds Up As You Get Older, by Douwe Draaisma; Matters of Substance: Drugs and Why Everyone's a User, by Griffith Edwards; The Earth: An Intimate History, by Richard Fortey; The Human Mind, by Robert Winston. Competition closes March 1.

As part of the York Festival of Science and Technology 2006 on March 10-19, Science City York is holding a photography competition on the theme "Seeing the wonder of science". Closes February 17. Adam Hart-Davis will present prizes including digital cameras, photo printers and Adobe Photoshop courses at the festival on March 18. Tel: 01904 554533;

Categories for ages 16 and under and 17-18 are included in 2006 Visions of Science Young Photographer Awards, February to May. Sections include: action (a scientific process or event as it happens in the natural world); close-up (beyond the naked eye), and people (the impact of science, medicine and technology on people's lives). Winners receive state-of-the-art zoom digital cameras plus pound;500 for their school to spend on science equipment. Tel: 020 7613 5577;

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