Royal Society of Biology Announces Winners of Photographer of the Year Competition 2018

Top: 'Trails of life' by Roberto Bueno, taken in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Bottom: 'Leopard Gecko' by Jack Olive (Aged 17) Taken in Devon, United Kingdom


The Royal Society of Biology is pleased to announce the winners of their Photographer of the Year and Young Photographer of the year competitions.

Jack Olive was awarded the Young Photographer of the Year award for his photograph ‘Leopard Gecko’ capturing the yellow and black scale pattern of the animal whilst it stared down the lens of the camera.

The winner of the title Photographer of the Year was Roberto Bueno, whose photograph ‘Trails of life’ captured the colours and patterns created by the aspen leaf miner larvae on fallen leaves of trembling aspen in Yukon, Canada.

Tim Harris of Nature Library and Bluegreen Pictures, and member of the judging panel said of the entries: “We were hugely impressed by the strength in depth of entries to the competition this year, in both categories.

It was great to see the imaginative ways in which the brief was interpreted, and particularly a strong contingent of macro- and micro-photography. The winning and short-listed images have opened our eyes to many hidden patterns in nature.”

Held annually, the Photographer of the Year competition is open to amateur photographers aged 18 and over and the winner receives a prize of £1,000. The Young Photographer of the Year competition is open to amateur photographers under 18 years old, and has a top prize of £500.

The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Patterns in Nature’. Life on Earth holds a myriad of regular forms, sequences and structures, and entrants were invited to capture these details of biology.

Over 2,500 pictures were submitted from more than 900 entrants, and these were narrowed down by our judges to a shortlist of 4 for the Young Photographer of the Year award, and a shortlist of 8 for the Photographer of the Year.

The entries included many variations on the theme, with photographers interpreting the theme in a number of different ways. The competition saw native species showcased from Kenya to Cumbria, and the focus of entries ranged from the symmetries found under the microscope to the spots and stripes of plants, insects, birds and mammals.

The winners were announced last night on the 11th October at the Royal Society of Biology Annual Awards Ceremony at The Francis Crick Institute, London, as part of Biology Week.

The competition was judged by Tim Harris, Nature 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 and Linda Pitkin, underwater photographer.

The RSB wishes to thank Eppendorf for its continued support of this competition.

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