A stunning photograph showing the ghostly last dance of the Danube mayfly has won the 2016 Royal Society Publishing photography competition. Now in its second year, the competition again received over 1000 entries, and winning photographer Imre Potyó faced tough competition from images showcasing a wide range of the Earth’s complex ecosystems and environments.
All of the winners, runners up and specially commended photographs are included below, and can also be viewed here at the Royal Society in a special free exhibition on 17th and 18th September and on our online gallery.
The competition is a collaborative project run by all of the Royal Society’s biological science journals: Biology Letters, Interface, Open Biology, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, Proceedings of the Royal Society B and Royal Society Open Science. The competition was judged on a dual criteria of aesthetic beauty and scientific interest by a panel of judges: Alex Badyaev, David Maitland, Ulrike Muller and Claire Spottiswoode. For more information about the Royal Society Publishing photography competition, and to view all of the shortlisted photographs please visit https://royalsociety.org/journals/publishing-activities/photo-competition/.