Got my eye on you: 20 images from the Capturing Ecology photo awards
Winning images of the British Ecological Society's Capturing Ecology 2021 photography competition announced.
A close up of a Kumlien's Gull’s eye, with speckled markings that aren’t quite what they appear, has been awarded Overall Winner in the British Ecological Society’s annual photography competition.
The winning images celebrate the diversity of ecology, capturing flora and fauna from across the planet.
Subjects range from a blood red snail feeding on dead man's fingers (a fungus found in the rainforests of India) to a rare sighting of the ‘fairy of the Valencian forests’, a recently discovered cave-dwelling bug in Spain.
Professor Jane Memmott, President of the British Ecological Society, said: "This year's photos are of a very high standard and are a pleasure to look through. Overall, the photographs capture a broad swath of biodiversity, from tiny mosses to giant bears".
The British Ecological Society (BES) is the oldest ecological society in the world. The BES promotes the study of ecology through its six academic journals, events, grants, education initiatives and policy work.
Overall winner - Kumlien's Gull and Friends
Up close & personal student winner - Beauty in the (mini)beast
Overall student winner - Hidden Lynx
Dynamic ecosystems winner - Finger-lickin' good
Art of ecology winner - Amazonian mosaic
Dynamic ecosystems student winner - Quick catch
Individuals & Populations student winner - Poisonous sentinel
Ecology in action winner - Bat one health
Up close & personal winner - Beautiful bryophyte
The art of ecology student winner - Spotlight
Individuals & Populations winner - Fleeting race
People and nature student winner - Nature's landmine
Overall runner up - The fairy of the forests
Ecology in action student winner - Reintroduction in action
People & nature winner - Tsunami
Check out some of our other galleries:
- All the winners from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021
- The Weather Photography 2021 competition winners
- To boldly go: Meet the extreme robot explorers
Highly commended - Black over white
Highly commended - Why the long face?
Highly commended - Master of the reeds
Highly commended - Dinner
Highly commended - Reflections
James Cutmore is the picture editor of BBC Science Focus Magazine, researching striking images for the magazine and on the website. He is also has a passion for taking his own photographs