Swift Pelican wins top Ecology Photo Prize
British Ecological Society’s annual photography competition winners announced.
In a busy year for photo awards, an image of a flying Dalmatian Pelican, taken by Alwin Hardenbol, has been awarded Overall Winner in the British Ecological Society’s annual photography competition, 'Capturing Ecology'.
The winning images and an additional 16 highly commended images, taken by international ecologists and students, celebrate the diversity of ecology; capturing flora and fauna from across the planet.
We have picked out some of our favourites from the winners and the highly commended(s), and bring them to you now.
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Overall Winner - The Art of Flight
On her winning image, Alwin, a PhD candidate at the University of Eastern Finland, said: “I gave this image the title The art of flight because of how impressive this bird's wings appear in the picture, you can almost see the bird flying in front of you despite it being a still image".
“I used a technique called panning which involves using a slow shutter speed and moving the camera along with the bird as it flies. In a perfect scenario, the background and most of the bird will show blurred movement but the head should be sharp. I took thousands of pictures and while most failed, I was very happy with this shot.
“Winning such a competition as an ecologist provides me with the opportunity to continue combining my research with my passion for nature photography.”
Runner Up - Ant Tale
Overall winner - Student Category - Waterfall Swift
Runner Up - Hatching
Winner, Up Close and Personal Category - Student - Into the Lion's Den
Winner, Dynamic Ecosystems Category - Dances with Rattlers
Highly Commended - Hunter
Highly Commended - That Sinking Feeling
Highly Commended - Mimicry
Winner, Individual & Pop - The Last Meal of the Day
Highly Commended - Diving with a Pink Jellyfish
Highly Commended - The neighbor
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