The winners and runners-up of the 2023 Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition have been decided, and we are excited to share these with you now!

Martian landscape

In 2015, Royal Society Publishing launched their annual photography competition to celebrate the power of photography in capturing scientific phenomena happening all around us and the role great images play in making science accessible to a wide audience. We took a break during the pandemic but are delighted to say that not only are we back but our 2023 finalists have also now been announced. 

Our overall and microimaging winner is Irina Petrova Adamatzky for “Martian landscape”, which shows a specimen of Lamproderma scintillans adhered to an autumnal leaf in Somerset, UK. 

Irina Petrova Adamatzky

Of her image, Irina said: “I unintentionally captured this photo while collecting samples of slime moulds in a field near my home in Somerset. I noticed them the evening before and had intended to gather samples to measure their electrical activity for our research. However, my attention was diverted by a simple autumn leaf that, although seemingly ordinary, held something intriguing within. I gathered it, along with my samples, and the following day I was amazed to discover what appeared to be another world within the confines of that unassuming leaf.”

You can also see all the finalists on our Google Arts & Culture page.


We hope you enjoy the images. Details on our 2024 competition will be announced soon, so please check our website for updates.


Image credits:

“Martian landscape”, by Irina Petrova Adamatzky

Headshot of Irina Petrova Adamatzky, by Andrew Adamatzky



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