Images from BMC Ecology Image Competition reveal the beauty in nature

From a grinning dragon to a winding river estuary: Incredible images from the BMC Ecology Image Competition 2017 reveal the beauty in nature

  • The stunning images are from the BMC Ecology Image Competition 2017
  • The competition was created to give ecologists the chance to share their research and photographic skills
  • The winning image is by Ana Carolina Lima from the University of Aveiro, and shows giant South American turtles

The winning photographs from this year’s BMC Ecology Image Competition have been revealed, ranging from close-ups that capture the animated life of insects, to aerial views of vast landscapes.

The overall winning image by Ana Carolina Lima from the University of Aveiro is a photo of giant South American turtles.

Guest judge Chris Darimont, from the University of Victoria, said: ‘This image provides a rare, multi-layered perspective from above. The photo is well composed, technically sound, and rich with wonderful geometry.’

The winner was chosen from 127 entries.

There were two overall runners up and winners from five categories: Community, Population and Macroecology; Behavioral Ecology and Physiology; Conservation Ecology and Biodiversity; Landscape Ecology and Ecosystems; and the Editor’s Pick.

The six winning images and 24 commended images highlight pressing issues in ecology, from the effort species undergo to pass their genes down to the next generation, to the way in which humans can affect natural processes, or the threats species face from uncontrolled development.

Of the Editor’s Pick, an image by Michelle Achlatis from the University of Queensland, section editor Dominique Mazzi said: ‘The image seems to present a coral reef surprisingly lacking in animal life.

‘That is until you notice the large octopus hidden in plain sight. If you are having trouble finding it, look for the eye exactly in the middle of the picture.’

Highly commended images include a photo of a Galapagos sea lion dozing in the sand, a well-disguised Malaysian orchid mantis, and an aerial view of the Sado River estuary in southern Portugal.

Now in its fifth year, the BMC Ecology Image competition was created to give ecologists the chance to share their research and photographic skills, and celebrate the intersection of art and science.

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