Incredible Photographs from The Royal Society 2016 Finalists

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This year’s finalists of the Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition were chosen from over 1000 entries that consisted of scientists and alike, who’s task was to take biological photographs and submit their absolute favorite.

From an octopus beneath the sea, to mayflies in the sky, insects camouflaged against the leaves of a tree, Velella velella stranded on a beach and the microscopic image of a seed pod, we received over 1000 entries across dozens of countries demonstrating biological phenomena in a range of environments. 12 finalists were eventually selected and their works are presented here.

The overall winner and category winner: Behaviour. “Dancing with Stars” by Imre Potyó.

Rába river, Hungary. Nikon D90, Sigma 17-70 mm, f/2.8-4.5 1.3 sec, f/14, ISO 800, 17 mm.

Category winner: Ecology and Environmental Science. “In a world without colour” by Tane Sinclair-Taylor.

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Category winner: Micro-imaging. “In balance” by María Carbajo Sánchez.


Category winner: Evolutionary Biology. “Departing eagle ray” by Nick Robertson-Brown.


Runner-up: Behaviour. “In search of food” by Jonathan Diaz-Marba.


Runner-up: Ecology and Environmental Science. “Les artistes” by Tegwen Gadais.


Runner-up: Micro-imaging. “The spiralled snake axis” by Tyler Square.


Runner-up: Evolutionary Biology. “Polychaetous worm with engine and wagons” by Fredrik Pleijel.

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Special commendation (Publisher’s choice). “Speeding divergence” by Prasenjeet Yadav.


Special commendation. “Carbon nanotube jellyfish” by Clare Collins.


Special commendation. “Fubuki (snow storm)” by Alexandre Bonnefoy.


Special commendation. “Butterflies and caiman” by Mark Cowan.

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Entries were received from the categories of Behaviour, Ecology and Environmental Science, Evolutionary Biology and Micro-imaging, and the competition was judged by Alex Badyaev, an evolutionary biologist and previous category winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition; Ulrike Muller, Editor for Proceedings of the Royal Society B; Claire Spottiswoode, Editor for Biology Letters and David Maitland, nature photographer and former winner of the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Via: The Royal Society