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Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition

The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition celebrates 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.

In early 2019, we asked scientists from across the world to send in their images in the categories of Astronomy, Behaviour, Earth Science and Climatology, Ecology and Environmental Science, and Micro-imaging. Hundreds of images were submitted and our judges narrowed these down to our eventual winner, which we can now reveal is:

 ‘Quantum Droplets’ by Aleks Labuda in the Micro-imaging category.

The judges chose the image as “in the best tradition of great science photos, the viewer is simultaneously bewildered by the image and then astounded by the story behind it”.

Our thanks go to the many entrants who submitted their images this year and we hope that more of you will enter next year. All our finalists can be found below and to the right. Stay tuned for details on our 2020 competition.

The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition is sponsored by the journals of the Royal Society. Visit our journals homepage to view the full portfolio and read our published research.

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