The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition 2017 Winners and more

The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition celebrates the power of photography to communicate science and the role great images play in making science accessible to a wide audience.
We received our highest ever number of entries for the 2017 competition, with more than 1100 images submitted. Our judges had the difficult task of choosing the final winners and they are pleased to present them to you now.
We hope they inspire you to take your own images of the scientific world around us, and we look forward to receiving your submission for our 2018 competition.
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Category and overall winner: Earth science and climatology. “Icy sugar cubes.” by Peter Convey. The scale of Antarctica is awesome but hard to grasp. This photo, taken in early 1995 during a flight over the English Coast (southern Antarctic Peninsula) at about 74 degrees south, illustrates the scale of unusual bi-directional crevassing as an ice sheet is stretched in two directions over an underlying rise, with a Twin Otter aeroplane as scale. The photo was taken with a Pentax ME Super camera and 70-300 mm zoom on Kodachrome 64 slide film, with no technical details recorded, and has been scanned at the British Antarctic Survey.
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Category winner: Behaviour. “Respiro.” by Antonia Doncila.
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Category winner: Ecology and environmental science. “Waiting in the shallows.” by Nico de Bruyn.
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Category winner: Astronomy. “Lunar spotlight, South Pole, Antarctica.” by Daniel Michalik.
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Category winner: Microimaging. “Olive oil drop family hanging together.” by Hervé Elettro.
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Runner up: Behaviour. “Breeding.” by David Costantini.
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Honourable mention: Behaviour. “Toss the scorpion – Indian roller playing with the kill.” by Susmita Datta.
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more at The Royal Society

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Billboard’s 2017 Woman of the Year: Selena Gomez

In 2017, she landed four Hot 100 singles, launched a hit Netflix show — and got a kidney transplant. So why does the star, who has battled anxiety, suddenly sound so Zen? (Hint: It’s not just the new puppy)

On the cover:
Selena Gomez photographed by Ruven Afanador on Oct. 30 at The Paramour Estate in Los Angeles. Styling by Kate Young. Gomez wears a The Row dress and Jennifer Fisher jewelry.
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Selena Gomez
Photographed by Ruven Afanador

more in Billboard December 9, 2017

World in Focus | The Ultimate Travel Photography Competition

Take a trip around the world with this year’s World in Focus winners! Congratulations to professional grand-prize winner Blaine Harrington III, and amateur grand-prize winner Jacob Wallwork.

“Zojila Pass, Kashmir: one of the most dangerous roads in the world.”
GRAND PRIZE
Blaine Harrington III
Littleton, CO, United States
Sheep and goats are herded over the Zojila Pass as a traffic jam idles trucks because of a landslide in Kashmir, India.
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“UNTITLED”
GRAND PRIZE
Jacob Wallwork
Perth, WA, Australia
The photographer captured this photo from his hotel window in Colombo, Sri Lanka. “I will never forget how casually men, [who were] in business suits and holding briefcases, were hanging out of the open doors and onto the side of the packed trains as they sped towards Colombo main station in the early morning rush hour,” he says.
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Professional : Outdoor Scenes
“White Water”
FIRST PLACE
Karim Iliya
Haiku, HI, United States
A bird’s-eye view of a surfer paddling back out through a churned-up impact zone to catch another wave.
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Amateur : Outdoor Scenes
“Swan Lake”
FIRST PLACE
Kellie Netherwood
London, London, United Kingdom
Whooper swans swim across a small section of water in Hokkaido, Japan.
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Amateur : Sense of Place
“Iceland”
FIRST PLACE
Anil Sud
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
A couple looking over the thermal vents in Iceland.
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Professional : Outdoor Scenes
“Mauna Kea ”
Stuart Chape
Apia, n/a, Samoa
An aerial photo taken from a helicopter featuring the winding access road leading to the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
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Amateur : Outdoor Scenes
“Lone Traveler”
Evan B. Siegel
Newport Coast, CA, United States
The Kodak Passage in the Antarctic Peninsula.
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World in Focus | The Ultimate Travel Photography Competition
more at World in Focus Contest

Galleries: People’s Choice

Vote for People’s Choice | You Be the Judge
Have a favorite photo entry? From December 1-11, 2017, our fans will vote for their favorite photos. Images with the most votes will be named the Peoples’ Choice winner. Return daily to vote for your top picks!

Kalsoy by Wojciech Kruczyński
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Great Gray Owl by Harry Collins
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Meandering Canyon by David Swindler
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Fleet Departure by Kehao Tan
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Drift by Matthew Smith
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Showtime by Bence Mate
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Nature Photographer of the Year Contest 2017
more at National Geographic

Historic Photographer of the Year

The first Historic Photographer of the Year awards showcase the world’s very best historic places and cultural sites from across the globe, capturing everything from the most famous national treasures to the obscure and forgotten hidden gems.

The overall winning image was shot by Matt Emmett from Reading and taken at RAF Nocton Hall, an abandoned former military hospital. The winning public vote photograph was a shot of Jedburgh Abbey taken on a school trip, and was won by Manchester’s Jenna Johnston.

RAF Nocton Hall and US Military Hospital, Lincolnshire
Photographer: Matt Emmett
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Jedburgh Abbey
Photographer: Jenna Johnston
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Shortlisted:

Corfe Magic
Photographer: Robert Maynard
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The Eiffel Tower, France
Photographer: Maxim Mishin
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Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya, Thailand
Photographer: Mathew Browne
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Historic Photographer of the Year
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Ultimate Sea View

The winners of the 2017 Ultimate Sea View have been announced!

‘Beams’ by William Pollard, overall winner of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society’s Ultimate Sea View photography competition, sponsored by Inmarsat
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‘Strength’ by Matt Menhenett, highly commended in the ‘People & Recreation’ category
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‘Rattray Head Lighthouse’ by Lesley Martin, Judge’s Choice in the ‘Coastal Views’ category
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‘The Tide That Never Came’ by Alex Iacobet, winner of the ‘Ships & Wrecks’ category
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About the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society
Since 1839, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society has provided financial assistance to fishermen and mariners and their dependants who have suffered hardship, misfortune or poverty, as a result of an accident, illness, disability, unemployment or retirement.
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The winners of our annual competition searching for the UK’s ultimate sea view have been announced.
more at Shipwrecked Mariners

Finalists from The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
Conservation through Competition

Andrea Zampatti Photography
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Aster Leung Photography
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Arkaprava Ghosh Photography
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Miguel Illana Photography
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Linda Oliver Photography
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Finalists from The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
more at Comedy Wildlife Photo