Dancing with stars by Imre Potyó

“Dancing with stars” by Imre Potyó

The third annual Royal Society Publishing photography competition is now accepting entries. In line with the Royal Society’s mandate to promote excellence in science, the competition welcomes entries that convey an interesting scientific phenomenon, as well as being aesthetically beautiful.

Last year’s images included griffon vultures searching for food, a Japanese macaque trying to survive in the coldest conditions, and the winning shot that captured the courtship dance of the short-lived Danube mayflies.

For the first time the scope of the competition will extend beyond the biological sciences and will now cover the physical sciences too. This year’s categories include:

    • Astronomy – for images of astronomical bodies, or that demonstrate astronomical or astrophysical phenomena
    • Behaviour – for images that show the behaviour of living species
    • Earth science and climatology – for images of physical processes or features related to Earth, including its oceans and atmosphere
    • Ecology and environmental science – for images that demonstrate the interaction of species within the environment and the environment itself
    • Micro-imaging – for any images taken using microscopes and other high-magnification imaging devices


    In search of food by Jonathan Diaz-Marba

    “In search of food” by Jonathan Diaz-Marba

    In the two years that the competition has been running more than 2000 images have been submitted. The 2017 competition will be accepting entries from scientists and the overall winner will receive a prize of £500, with each category winner receiving £250. The photos should be accompanied by a summary of the science behind the image as well as the journey you went through to capture it.

    Submissions will be judged by a panel of expert scientists and photographers. Returning to the panel for this year’s competition are Alex Badyaev, Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona and three-time category winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, along with Ulrike Muller, Associate Professor at California State University Fresno who studies the biomechanics of swimming, feeding and flight. Joining them are Jon Blundy, Professor of Petrology at the University of Bristol who uses photography as a key part of his work in recording volcanic phenomena, and Ineke De Moortel, Professor in Solar Physics at the University of St Andrews, who investigates the processes occurring in the Sun’s atmosphere.

    Fubuki (snow storm) by Alexandre Bonnefoy

    “Fubuki (snow storm)” by Alexandre Bonnefoy

    You can submit your entries via the photography competition website. It will remain open until 31 August and winners will be announced later in the year. We look forward to seeing your entries!


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