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Finalists 2015

An underwater photo of a group of tadpoles, captured by Bert Willaert, won first place in the inaugural Royal Society Publishing photography competition. The winning photo stood out from over 1,000 entries for giving a tadpole’s glimpse of the world beyond the water — a surprising perspective of an everyday biological phenomenon.

Winner Bert Willaert, who is a biologist of amphibian evolution and an environmental advisor, said:

“To conserve the natural world I think drawing attention to the beauty of these ordinary moments in our own neighbourhoods, including our own backyards, is particularly important."

The 2015 competition was judged by Alex Badyaev, Claire Spottiswoode and Innes Cuthill.