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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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
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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.
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International Garden Photographer of the Year Still Life Project winners announced

WINNERS have been revealed for the Still Life Project section of International Garden Photographer of the Year. The project ran for two months, with winning images coming from the UK, New Zealand, USA, the Netherlands and Italy. The overall winner of the category is New Zealand based professional photographer Simon Schollum, for his image depicting a cross-section of a pomegranate.
Speaking about the photograph, judges said, ‘Simon’s still-life composition has been crafted with expert care and precision – every element has a sense of belonging. Colours and detail exude from every corner of the image and the pomegranate shines in centre-frame, each seed sparkling like new-born precious stones.’ Simon receives £500 and his image will be published in the IGPOTY 11 book, and will also feature in the exhibition taking place at Kew Gardens in February 2018.

Simon Schollum – 1st place – ‘Pomegranate’
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Mandy Disher – 2nd place – ‘Autumn Fruits’
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Bert Shankman – 3rd place – ‘Sentient’
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Robin Noorda – Finalist – ‘Ultra-Vanity’
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Bert Shankman – Highly Commended – ‘Monkeyshine’
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via International Garden Photographer of the Year

Overexposure

Overexposure Photo Contest Winners
Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best shots showing a creative use of overexposure in the Overexposure Photo Contest.

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “IMG_3690” by sallyledrew
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Congratulations Runner Up “house of the raising sun” by tadejturk
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Congratulations Runner Up “Mountain Dweller 9” by sarahallegra
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Congratulations Runner Up “Solitario” by josedevesa
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Congratulations Amateur Winner “Gone Fishin'” by emxsee
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Congratulations People’s Choice “Dreaming of you” by martinesansoucy
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Overexposure Photo Contest
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Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition – Winner Announced

Congratulations to Michelle Howell with this image.
Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition – 1st Place

Michelle says ”Thank you so much for choosing my image! I look forward to using my membership and joining in more of your competitions.” ”The image is a macro image of an Argentinean Ornate Horned Frog taken in a reflection pool.”
The image was shot on a Nikon D5100 with a Tamron SP 90mm F2.8 Di VC USD Macro 1:1 F004N Lens.
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Congratulations to Sheri Emerson with this image.
Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition – 2nd Place
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Congratulations to Stuart Walker with this image.
Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition – 3rd Place
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Creatures Great and Small Photography Competition
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Spirit of Nature Photography Competition – Winners Announced

Congratulations to Larry Doherty with this image.
Spirit of Nature Photography Competition – 1st Place

Larry tells us about the image –
Photo taken in County Tipperary, Ireland. I take macro photos of insects etc all the time. I like to show the insect life that is under our feet. A lot of people don’t even see this part of our wildlife or dismiss it.
These flies were on a sycamore tree trunk. The hardest part was making sure I got the two flies heads in focus. It took about 3 attempts to get the image I wanted.
I used an Olympus Em5 Mark ii camera and the Olympus 60mm macro lens with diffused flash. Flash was the Meike MK320 for micro four thirds.
I use a Lumiquest Softbox attached to the flash and also another DIY diffuser in front of that to get nice soft light.
Because there was nothing directly behind the tree, the flash falloff meant I got a black background which I think works in this image.
Technical details: Handheld. Manual mode, f/11, 1/160 and manual flash adjusted to suit the subjects.
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Congratulations to Anne Woodington with this image.
Spirit of Nature Photography Competition – 2nd Place
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Congratulations to Darren Athersmith with this image.
Spirit of Nature Photography Competition – 3rd Place
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Highly Commended images
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Spirit of Nature Photography Competition
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