The Royal Society Publishing photography competition has returned for a fourth year and is accepting entries until the end of August.


‘Icy sugar cubes’ by Peter Convey. Overall winner 2017.

In line with the our mandate to promote excellence in science, this competition welcomes images that convey an interesting scientific phenomenon, as well as being aesthetically beautiful. Last year’s overall winner, picked from a pool of over 1,100 photos, captured a rare geological phenomenon in Antarctica resembling icy sugar cubes. Other category winners included the rare optical phenomenon of ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere at the South Pole; a lucky polar bear who has found an ice sheet to rest on; a group of killer whales surprising a small huddle of king penguins; and a group of olive oil droplets demonstrating surface tension.

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You can submit images in one of five categories:

  • 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

‘Waiting in the shallows’ by Nico de Bruyn. Winner, Ecology and environmental science, 2017.

Each category winner will receive a prize of £250, with the overall winner receiving £500. The competition is open to scientists studying or working in science at graduate level or above, and will be accepting entries until 31 August 2018. Winners will be announced later in the year.


Submit your photo for a chance to win £500, or browse images from the previous competitions.

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