Under the microscope

You will discover a whole new world when you begin observing life under the microscope. This beginners’ microscope can be operated on its mount as a traditional microscope, or be handheld for viewing larger objects. It also has a built-in digital camera!

For your chance to win a microscope from, write a haiku about being a microbe living on a human body. Perhaps you are helping to digest food in the gut, or giving your human halitosis (that’s bad breath)!

Hint: a Haiku is a poem three lines long. The first and last lines have five syllables and the middle line has seven syllables.

Image of a blue cylindrical microscope with silver platform and standAustralian Geographic logo, orange and grey

How to enter

To be in the running to win this fantastic prize, send us your entry with your name, age, address and Double Helix subscriber number*. Get a parent's permission, ask them to sign each piece of paper, and then send it to CSIRO Double Helix Competitions, GPO Box 1700, Canberra ACT 2601 by 31 May 2018. Or, email your entry with your details to The best entries in each competition will win the prize.

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Terms and conditions of entry

1. To be valid, all entries must include name, address, age of entrant and Double Helix subscriber number. 2. All entries become the property of CSIRO and will not be returned. 3. Entering the competition assigns copyright to CSIRO. 4. Entries will be judged on creative merit, not by chance. 5. Age will be taken into consideration when judging. 6. All decisions on competitions are final and will not be discussed further. 7. Winners will be notified by mail and the names of competition winners only will be published three issues later. 8. CSIRO shall not be liable for any damage or loss suffered in connection with any of the prizes. 9. Any change in value of the prize between the publishing date and the delivery date is not the responsibility of CSIRO. 10. In the case that prizes become unavailable after the publishing date, CSIRO will send an alternative prize. 11. The closing date for this issue's entries is 31 May 2018. 12. Competition entries must be the entrant's own work. 13. It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure copyright of their entry is not assigned elsewhere. 14. Winners should allow six weeks for prize delivery.


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