The shortlists for the Royal Society of Biology’s (RSB) amateur photography competition have been announced.
Over 600 admissions to the annual competition have been narrowed down to 11 contesting for the prize, and just two to its Young Photographer of the Year award.
This season’s theme is “The Hidden World”, together with photographers capturing these moments not generally visible to the human eye — from the microscopic aspect of developing frogspawn, to an Indian Lake viewed from 30,000 feet in the atmosphere.
Photographer of The Year
1. Two Significant eyes from Miao Yong
The exquisitely piece, shot in China of Yong, celebrities two damselflies peaking over a leaf.
2. A world simply under our skin from James Patterson
It’s not a world. Taken at a laboratory in London, Patterson’s injection is really a micrograph showing a hair follicle.
3. Ghost crab from Javier Herranz Casellas
Casellas’ picture shows the Ocypode Pallidula, or Ghost Crab. The little crabs that are goose-eyed can move at rates of 20kph, however, their excellent camouflage enables them to disappear instantly on a sandy shore by standing still.
4. The Emerald Lake from Partha Saha
Taken from 30,000ft in India’s Jammu and Kashmir region, Saha’s aerial view indicates an amazing green lake at the Zanskar mountain range.
5. From this shadow from Peter Burkill
Blakiston’s Fish Owls are rare, with a few individuals. Burkill’s shooter, from Hokkaido, Japan uncovers their existence but in addition the hidden world of this bird, not only out of obscurity.
6. Hooks and scattering from Steve Lowry
Another micrograph, this time of the entire skin of the sea. It is from eating the creatures, though that the spikes found around the anchors can discourage predators.
7. Life at a drop from Anup Deodhar
This tiny egg is just four to five millimetres across. The photo indicates the froglet inside its home ready and completely developed to fulfill the world.
8. Spawn Development from Amy Bateman
More intriguing frogs. Taken at Cumbria, at Croft Foot farm, Bateman’s macro photography reveals the neuro method in ordinary frogspawn.
9. Springtail from Marc Brouwer
Springtails are just a millimetre or 2 in size, however Brouwer was fortunate enough to track one of the elusive monsters down in a field in Genemuiden, The Netherlands.
10. Chara antheridia from Chris Carter
This entry from Cornwall reveals a microscopic view of algae. The red spheres are surrounded by a closely-knit selection of defense cells.
11. Welcome to my humble abode from Duncan McNaught
McNaught resides in South Scotland, and an insect peering out from its home that is fungi is shown by this shot.
Young Photographer of The Year
1. Coleman on Fire from Dheeraj Nanda
Founded in Maluku, Indonesia, a male and female Coleman shrimp sat into a fire urchin — an organism where they have a symbiotic relationship is captured by the picture of 17-year-old Nanda.
2. Compact Complexity from Alannah Harding
Harding, also 17, gives a microscopic view of a mouse embryo’s center. The picture was shot at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College at North Shields, England.
The Photographer of the Year competition winners will be announced in a ceremony on October 12 in The Hatton at London — with the top trophy winning #1,000 along with the youthful winner that an award of #500.
To find out more about the competition, check out the RSB’s site here.