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Striking leopard gecko and patterned autumnal leaves win Royal Society of Biology photography competition

The RSB has released the winning entries for their Photographer of the Year and Young Photographer of the Year competition

The winning entry for Young Photographer of the Year, taken by 17 year old Jack Olive from Devon, depicts a striking leopard gecko looking directly down the camera lens.

The winning entry for Photographer of the Year, submitted by Roberto Bueno, captures intricate trails left by larvae on autumnal leaves on the forest floor in the Yukon valley, in Canada.

Trails of life. Photographer: Roberto Bueno

The Photographer of the Year competition invites amateur photographers aged 18 and over to submit photographs based around a particular theme, for a chance to win £1000. The Young Photographer of the Year competition is open to those under the age of 18, and offers a prize of £500.

The overall theme of the 2018 competitions, ‘Patterns in Nature,’ saw entries encompass the forms, sequences and structures in the natural world, with the focus of entries ranging from the symmetries found under the microscope to the spots and stripes of plants, insects, birds and mammals.

Twelve shortlisted entries were released for this year’s photo competitions, from both amateur photographers and aspiring photographers under the age of 18, with of the finalists from a young photographer still in primary school.

Over 2,500 pictures were submitted from more than 900 entrants across the two competitions. Four entries were shortlisted for the Young Photographer of the Year award, and eight entries were shortlisted for Photographer of the Year.

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.

See the winners and runners up here.

The Royal Society of Biology: www.rsb.org.uk

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