Bishwanath Birje has been declared the winner in the photography competition of the Royal Society of Biology, as his picture of an ant scattering honey emitted by yellow aphids.
“There are a lot of magical things happening in nature around us – I was just curious and observant,” said Birje, who took the shot at the police station in India.
“The picture just shows the situation between ants, aphids and mites.”
The Royal Society of Biology’s annual photography competition attracts entries from amateur photographers around the world, with more than 1,600 entries submitted this year for the “interconnected” theme.
Runner-up: Trung Huai Vu – Man Yen Marine Ecosystem, Fu Yen, Vietnam
Every year, between May and August, the corals of this rich and diverse ecosystem are exposed to low tides.
Alfonso Rolden Losada – Family quarrel, Cordoba, Spain
Henry Hart – Plague, Borana, Kenya
Ripon Faith – Hunting, West Bengal, India
Way Fu – Bite to Survive, Bangkok, Thailand
Chanchal Sur Chowdhury – Our Body Spiderman, Missouri, USA
John Iside Bulanadi – A small gathering, Pampanga, Philippines
Gu Guanghui-Solar Power Project, Zhejiang Province, China
Young Photographer of the Year: Rowan Jones, Somerset, UK
The winner of RSB’s Young Photographer of the Year is Rowan Jones, age 15.
Showing the connection between man and the natural world, Jones captures a tire recovered by nature in the Wallis Forest, Somerset.
“I feel inspired to take pictures in a local forest in my own town, because it’s a place I visit often and know that there are a lot of sights here.”
Runner-up: Alice Feng, UK
Examples of this figure, called fractals, are those of Bacillus subtilis, born on the dextrose agar plate.
Patterns are formed depending on the environmental conditions of the bacteria and how the bacterial cells move after coming in contact with each other.
Highly acclaimed: Hayden Wood, Water Hole, Kenya
Gravity drinks a pair of zebras from a water hole.
All pictures courtesy Royal Society of Biology