Terminus by Reuben Wu

I travelled to Peru in July 2018 with the intention of continuing my Lux Noctis project at Pastoruri, one of the few glaciers that still exist at the tropics in the Cordillera Blanca at an altitude of 17,000ft.
This glacier is receding at a shocking rate due to climate change and as a result there has been a huge drop in tourism and an impact on the local community.

Lux Noctis, my larger project, is about presenting familiar sights in a new and unfamiliar light, renewing your sense of seeing and the experience of discovery. However, with this series, I felt like this was an attempt to document and preserve the memory of a landscape in peril which may not exist in a decade.

At 17,000ft, it was a physical challenge to reach the glacier, compounded by the fact that I was shooting at night and under freezing conditions. For this expedition, I was accompanied by a production company (Courageous Studio) who were shooting a short film on my work for Great Big Story, sponsored by Coors Lite, and they assisted in all the research, scouting, and getting me out to the glacier safely.
Flying the drone at this altitude presented a number of problems. Firstly, the cold made me lose sensation in my fingers, so it was difficult to control the lighting at the same time as the camera. The cold also significantly shortened battery life, and limited my flight time. Being out in a remote wilderness meant that there was no way I could recharge my batteries, so there was only so much time I had to shoot.

I photographed the glacier with conflicting feelings. I wanted to show evidence of its alarming retreat, yet I was drawn to the epic scale of the ice which remained. In the end I leaned towards the latter, but each photograph represents a bleak reality, a fading memory of what once stood.
Reuben Wu
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Northern Norway

Northern Norway by Paul Burnett

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Reine, Lofoten
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Hamnoy, Lofoten
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Northern Norway by Paul Burnett
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People, Nature, Place and Change | Earth Photo

Forestry Commission England and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) are delighted to announce the prizewinners for the inaugural edition of Earth Photo, an innovative and ambitious project which aims to enable a better understanding of the world around us through an exploration of four key themes – People, Nature, Place and Change.

Overall Winner: Rubén Salgado Escudero
Escudero’s Solar Portraits depict the inhabitants of some of the world’s remotest areas experiencing electricity for the first time. The electricity is generated through solar energy, and each image was taken in an environment lit only by solar powered light bulbs. An ongoing project, Escudero began working on Solar Portraits in 2014 following the publication of figures from the International Energy Agency which estimated that roughly 1.1 billion people worldwide still live without access to electricity.
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Category Winner, People: Hannah Maule-ffinch
Maule-ffinch’s Barracks of Belgrade series provides a bleak portrait of the refugee crisis in the Serbian city, where nearly 2,000 migrants are sleeping rough in a huge brick warehouse just behind the city’s main transport hub. In 2017, the Serbian government requested that charities stop providing aid in order to discourage further arrivals. Consequently, the resident migrants live amongst heaps of human excrement and, in temperatures of -16°C, burn toxic, creosote-soaked railway sleepers to try to keep warm.
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Category Winner, Nature: Edward Bateman
The images in Bateman’s Reversing Photosynthesis series were made photographically without the direct interaction of light. Leaves were placed in direct contact with light sensitive photographic paper and then left in total darkness. As the leaves broke down, the energy stored within was released to form images or imprints on the paper. The paper was then developed as a traditional chemical print. For Bateman, Reversing Photosynthesis is about the imperious and immortal nature of light. Living things, whether they be leaves or, on the other end of the scale, human beings, are simply vehicles for the continual movement of light around the world: ‘Like a photograph, we too are materially constructed from light made tangible and solid.’
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Category Winner, Place: Andrea Provenzano
Earlier this year, Provenzano spent a month in Nuuk, Greenland, in order to document the way in which rising temperatures are affecting the area’s society and culture. On the one hand, Greenland’s flourishing mineral industry is giving the nation the chance to build and secure economic leverage, but on the other hand, it is exposing a fragile ecosystem to foreign interests who are keen to exploit the area’s oil, gas, minerals, fish, arctic bio-tech and shipping lane opportunities. Light Down Below, Greenland’s Flourishing Mineral Industry, features a radome on top of a TELE-POST communication centre. Silicon-Valley companies consider Arctic areas as ideal sites for their server farms, as the low temperatures counteract the heat produced by the servers, thus providing a natural and inexpensive cooling system.
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Category Winner, Change: Lena Dobrowolska & Teo Ormond-Skeaping
Dobrowolska & Ormond-Skeaping’s Future Scenarios series, the result of a research collaboration with leading climate change scientists, researchers and policy-makers in both the UK and the Global South, is both an exploration and celebration of human survival in the face of adversity. The developed nations which are principally responsible for climate change and which have the greatest technological and financial resources available to tackle it, seem to be stuck in a state of political apathy and are making little progress towards either mitigation or adaptation. Conversely, the countries once thought of as helpless in the face of climate change are now emerging as leaders in the development of mitigation and adaptation strategies and are the closest to decarbonising their economies, even though as a group they have contributed the least to total global carbon emissions. Future Scenarios, then, presents a narrative of resilience and willingness to change, defiantly rejecting the fatalistic narrative of vulnerability and victimhood.
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David Jenner, Coastal Necklace – Man of War Bay, Dorset, UK
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Prizewinners for the inaugural edition of Earth Photo
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018

View the winning images selected by our international jury. Wildlife Photographer of the Year champions ethical photography. Images are chosen for their artistic composition, technical innovation and truthful interpretation of the natural world.

Grand title winner
Marsel van Oosten, The Netherlands
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Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018
Grand title winner
Skye Meaker, South Africa
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Highly commended 2018
Urban Wildlife
Felix Heintzenberg, Germany / Sweden
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Highly commended 2018
Behaviours Birds
Jess Findlay, Canada
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Winner 2018
Creative Visions
Cristobal Serrano, Spain
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Winner 2018
10 Years and Under
Arshdeep Singh, India
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018
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Winners of the RSB Photographer of the Year competition

‘Patterns in nature’ is the theme of the 2018 competition. Life on Earth encompasses a myriad of regular forms, sequences and structures and we invite you to capture these details of biology. The judges are looking for an original interpretation of the theme.

The winning entry for Young Photographer of the Year category, taken by 17 year old Jack Olive from Devon, depicts a striking leopard gecko looking directly down the camera lens.
Jack said of his submission: “The leopard gecko stared down the lens allowing me to take this picture. I also wanted to show the yellow and black scale pattern as well as the beautiful eye.”
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The winning entry for Photographer of the Year category, submitted by Roberto Bueno, captures intricate trails left by larvae on autumnal leaves on the forest floor in the Yukon valley, in Canada.
Roberto said of his submission: “The forests of the north are beautiful in autumn, with the variety of colours of the trees. A little larvae is an autumnal surprise in the northern woods of Alaska and Yukon.
“The feeding behaviour of aspen leaf miner (Phyllocnistis populiella) larvae, on the leaves of aspen (Populus tremuloides), make interesting patterns, with intricate trails on every leaf. The floor of the yellow forest becomes a new world to enjoy nature.”
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Bouquet de fleurs (highly commended)
Photographer: Håkan Kvarnström
Dinobryon Divergens is commonly known as golden algae. Measuring about 50 µm in length, it lives in lakes and ponds around the world and forms colonies composed of about 6 to 50 cells that are surrounded by a vase-like shell of cellulose.
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Flock of seagulls
Photographer: Viraj Ghaisas
I shot this image near the gateway of India. In winter, these birds congregate in several places where the locals have made it a daily ritual to feed them junk food.
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Dead leaf or almost
Photographer: Guilhem Duvot
A dead leaf grasshopper. The perfect camouflage – nature is amazing. I saw the grasshopper only because it jumped.
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You might wish to explore how animals use spots, stripes and other shapes to camouflage and signal; or capture the collective arrangement of wildlife in colonies, herds and shoals. Your photograph could depict the spirals and symmetries of the plant kingdom to the meanders and tessellations as seen in wider landscapes.
We also welcome entries that explore this theme at a molecular or cellular level, illustrating regular patterns that can only be observed with the aid of a microscope such as cell division and gene expression.
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Winners of the RSB Photographer of the Year competition
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Celebrating 44 years of images captured by the light microscope

Stunning Weevil Eye Wins Forty-Fourth Annual Nikon Small World Competition
Nikon’s Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. The Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography. The video competition, entitled Small World In Motion encompasses any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope.

Eye of a Metapocyrtus subquadrulifer beetle
by Yousef Al Habshi
1st Place – 2018 Photomicrography Competition
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Fern sorus (structures producing and containing spores)
by Rogelio Moreno Gill
2nd Place – 2018 Photomicrography Competition
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Stalks with pollen grains
by Dr. Csaba Pintér
10th Place – 2018 Photomicrography Competition
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Vespa velutina (Asian hornet) with venom on its stinger
by Pierre Anquet
19th Place – 2018 Photomicrography Competition
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Quartz/Amethyst specimen with a mountain like inclusion scene
by Nick Prince
Image of Distinction – 2018 Photomicrography Competition
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The Nikon International Small World Competition first began in 1975 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Since then, Small World has become a leading showcase for photomicrographers from the widest array of scientific disciplines.
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Travel Photography | Editors’ Pick

Smithsonian magazine and Smithsonian.com place a Smithsonian lens on the world, looking at the topics and subject matters researched, studied and exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution — science, history, art, popular culture and innovation — and chronicling them every day for our diverse readership.

Soldiers on the Wall of Xian
A young boy looks on as ancient Chinese soldiers march past to defend the wall of Xian
by Brian Aldridge
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Collecting lily flower.
During the floating season on Mekong delta every year from August to November,wild water lily grow every where in the rice field now covered by water. They become a traditional food for people living in this region and processed into special dishes such as salad,sour soup with fish…
by Nhiem Hoang
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Full Moon and Sea Smoke over Lake Superior
As the full moon rose over Lake Superior on a subzero evening, it illuminated the sea smoke and clouds, painting a dramatic, surreal scene. Subzero air temperatures and the comparatively warmer open water of Lake Superior can combine to create sea smoke due to evaporative cooling. The air temperature was well below zero degrees Fahrenheit during this shoot. It was mesmerizing to watch the sea smoke gracefully glide and swirl across the surface of the lake, and be whisked over the pier wall by the gentle, bitter breeze.
by Dawn LaPointe
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A tree in need of water sits in a sand dune in Namibia
by Lawrence Smith
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Sunrise over the Pyramids of Giza, Cairo, Egypt
by Jarrod Castaing
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Imagine flying in a hot air balloon in the high arctic – above polar bears and looking out onto magnificent landscapes. This has rarely been done and I was lucky enough to try it and photograph others doing it!
by Michelle Valberg
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Travel Photography | Editors’ Pick
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