Every year The Royal Society of Biology, sponsored by Eppendorf, invites photographers from all over the world to present their work on a different theme. The competition ended on the 31st of July 2018. 'Patterns in nature’ was this year's theme. The challenge was to capture one of the myriad forms, sequences and regular but at the same time original structures on Earth. More than 2500 images were sent in from more than 900 participants in two categories: under 18 and over 18. Each contestant had the possibility to send in up to a maximum of 3 photographs.
Roberto Bueno was the winning photographer of the 8 nominations In the over 18 category. He received a cash prize of £1000 for his photographs that were taken in the forest of the Yukon Valley, Canada. His images feature the curious and intricate leaf patterns left by larvae on the beautiful warm colored autumn leaves.“Tiny larvae are an autumnal surprise in the northern woods of Alaska and The Yukon" said Roberto. "The feeding behavior of the aspen leaf miner, larvae, on the leaves of aspen.
The Young Photographer of the Year award was given to the seventeen year old Jack Olive from Devon who took a suggestive photo of a leopard gecko. The first 4 candidates, including a 10-year-old boy, received a £500 prize. "The leopard gecko set the goal by allowing me to take this picture," Jack said later."The black and yellow scale contrasts brilliantly together and the eye shows a magnificent display of pattern and detail". After our Chic!ken campaign or the Cold Instinct campaign you may know already how fascinated we are with photographs that showcase the most beautiful animal details.
The judges of the competition
Tim Harris - Nature Picture Library and Bluegreen Pictures
Tom Hartman - Program chair of MSc in Biological Photography and Imaging at the University of Nottingham
Alex Hyde - Natural history photographer and lecturer at the University of Nottingham
Linda Pitkin - Underwater photographer
Other photographs we consider worth mentioning:
This variegated Orbea flower was captured by 10-year-old contestant Milo.
"I saw the grasshopper only because it jumped."
"In winter, these birds congregated in several places where the locals have made it a daily ritual to feed them junk food."
"My image depicts citric acid crystallized on a microscope glass slide, it's an organic compound that occurs in the metabolism of all aerobic organisms.”
See the full gallery with the shortlisted images here.