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Finalists 2016

We invited scientists and alike to submit their best biological photographs to the 2016 Royal Society Publishing photography competition, and it’s safe to say they all exceeded our wildest expectations.

Entries were received from the categories of Behaviour, Ecology and Environmental Science, Evolutionary Biology and Micro-imaging, and the competition was judged by Alex Badyaev, an evolutionary biologist and previous category winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition; Ulrike Muller, Editor for Proceedings of the Royal Society B; Claire Spottiswoode, Editor for Biology Letters and David Maitland, nature photographer and former winner of the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

From an octopus beneath the sea, to mayflies in the sky, insects camouflaged against the leaves of a tree, Velella velella stranded on a beach and the microscopic image of a seed pod, we received over 1000 entries across dozens of countries demonstrating biological phenomena in a range of environments. 12 finalists were eventually selected and their works are presented here.