See the incredible winning images of the British Ecological Society photography competition

Overall Winner: The Art of Flight. A panning shot of the Flying Dalmatian pelican (Pelakenus crispus). An internationally close-threatened bird species. The picture has been processed a little later, with tonal changes, dodging and burning, saturation changes, acceleration, and noise reduction. Credit: Alvin Hardenbol / British Ecological Society

An image of the Flying Dalmatian pelican, taken by Alvin Hardenbol, has been awarded Overall Winner at the British Ecological Society’s annual photography competition, ‘Capturing Ecology’.

The winning images and 16 additional acclaimed images, taken by international ecologists and students, celebrate the diversity of ecology; Capturing flora and fauna from all over the planet. Topics range from a showdown between a roadrunner and a rattlesnake, to a flamingo feast at sunset, and friendly humpbacked wrestling.

On the image of his victory, PhD candidate at the University of Eastern Finland, Alvin said: “I have titled this image because of how impressive the wings of this bird appear in the picture, you can almost see the bird flying. Still It is in front of you despite being an image.

“I have used a technique called panning which involves using a slow shutter speed and moving the camera with the bird as it flies away. In an ideal scenario, the background and most birds would show blurred movement but the head should be sharp. I took thousands of photos and while most failed, I was very happy with this shot.

“Winning such a competition as an ecologist offers me the opportunity to continue my research with my passion for nature photography.”

Professor Jane Memmott, president of the British Ecological Society, commented: “The picture perfectly captures the movement, grace and beauty of the bird. Pelicans were one of my favorite birds when I worked in Costa Rica as a PhD student. A challenging photo to take and a worthy winner.

“As always, the standard of photography is impressive, and it was fun to see them all. I congratulate all the winners and thank all the participants for their submission. “

Alwyn also won the ‘People and Nature’ category with an image of the black-legged kittweck, an internationally vulnerable species nesting on an old building in Varanger, Norway.

Waterfall swift

Overall Student Winner: Waterfall Swift. Like most species of swift, the Great Dusky swift (Cyceloceides senex) can be found in vertical rocks. However, this particular species takes its habitat to the extreme and is known in Latin America as the “Waterfall Swift”, the Great Dusky Swift is found in steep rock walls up to 80 meters high around Iguazu, often Waterfalls take a unique show. Credit: Pablo Xavier Merlo / British Ecological Society

The overall student winner is Pablo Xavier Merlo, who is studying biology at the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. Pablo’s image captures a great Dusky Swift tied on the steep rocky walls of Iguazu falling in Argentina. Known as ‘Waterfall Swifts’ in Latin America, these birds can be found flying among the 80 meter high waterfalls.

Pablo said: “Iguazu National Park has remarkable significance because it protects a very diverse natural ecosystem, and the waterfall Swift is an important icon of Iguazu and its diversity.

“I am so grateful to have been selected as one of the winners and feel inspired to continue learning about photography, which is an excellent tool to showcase the wildlife of our planet and this from our environment How related. “

The independent judging panel consisted of six highly respected photographers, including eminent ecologists and award-winning wildlife photographers.

These include Gabriella Stabler, who has a 30-year wildlife photography career. He said: “The standout pictures show not only great photographic skills, but also a love and feeling for wildlife. Their impact on people will contribute to the preservation of nature. Congratulations to the photographers!”

Mouth by Roberto Garcia Roa

Mouth by Roberto Garcia Roa

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A snake’s wine snake (Oxybelis brevirostris) adopted this aggressive behavior upon meeting me. Despite being harmless, Cope’s wine snake (Oxybelis brevirostris) often adopts this aggressive behavior by opening their mouths to scare predators when they are discovered. Although they usually avoid attacking, they quickly offer a scenario with the mouth open that many animals eventually decide to leave.

Complete list of winners:

Overall Winner: Alvin Hardenbol, University of Eastern Finland
Art of flying: A panning shot of the Flying Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus). An internationally close-threatened bird species.

Overall runner-up: Pichaya Lertvillai, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego
Hatching eggs: Paralarva of octopus Bimaculatus originating from their egg sacs. The emerging paralarva still carried their yolks with them for the first few days of their new journey.

Overall runner-up: Upamanyu Chakraborty, no affiliation
Ant story: Weaver ants are social animals. This photo is close to a weaver ant colony, where ants are moving their immature members to a safe place.

Overall Student Winner: Pablo Xavier Merlo, National University of Córdoba, Argentina
Waterfall swift: Cycellosides senex is known in Latin America literally as “waterfall swift”. It can be found on the steep rocky walls (80 m high) of Iguazu Falls, often near these waterfalls and offering a unique show.

Category 1 – Up Close & Personal
An image showing the depth of nature using close-up or macro photography.

the winner: Michal Smilak, University of New England, Australia
Breath. Make it compatible Take rest: Chameleon with bearded leaves (Rippelen brevicadatus), with some rather raised scales with “enlarged” beard. This species is endemic to the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania and Kenya. It was seen during a night walk in a Udungwasa.

Student Winner: Lauren Hanley, University of Exeter
Look in my eye: This Humphed Wrestling (Chelinus undaltus) came to me at the end of a dive on the Great Barrier Reef and looked straight into my eye.

Category 2 – Dynamic Ecosystem
Demonstration of interactions between different species within an ecosystem.

the winner: Peter Hudson, Penn State University
Roadrunner’s Stunning Dance: A roadrunner dances behind a western diamond, puts out its wings and hides its wings along its body, therefore reducing death if a snake were to be killed.

Student Winner: Sam j england University of Bristol
In lion’s den: A jumping spider (family Salticidae) sits on the edge of its den on the underside of fallen leaves in the rainforests of Costa Rica, as it triumphs over its unfortunate prey.

Category 3 – Individuals and Population
A unique look at a species in its surroundings, either alone or as part of a population.

the winner: David López-Idíquez, Center d’Ecologie Fonnenschel et Evolviente (CEFE-CNRS) and University of Basque
Last meal of the day: In the vicinity of Montpellier (France) feed a group of flammables (Phoenicopterus roses) before the end of the day, in the salt marshes of Villanueve-Leas-Maguelone.

Student Winner: Elena Resavska, Oxford Brookes University
See u: A. Madagascan nightjar (Caprimulgus madagascariensis), a day’s rest.

Category 4 – People and Nature
The relationship between people and nature has an interesting and fundamental effect.

the winner: Alvin Hardenbol, University of Eastern Finland
Threat housing, In Varanger, the black-legged kiteweek (Risa tridactyla) often prefers to nest on rotting buildings. This is quite an attractive behavior for this internationally vulnerable bird species.

Student Winner: Elena Resavska, Oxford Brookes University
This is our playground, As the day turned into night, enchanted tourists gathered to witness the grandeur of Baobab amidst the dark sunset. The trees stood silent and tall, as they have been for centuries. Suddenly, as if from anywhere, two children appeared. Through this theater of shadows and fading lights. Claiming their playground.

Category 5 – Ecology in action
Showcasing the practice of ecology in action.

the winner: Peter Hudson, Penn State University
Wolf fascination: My undergraduate Ellen is being spotted by visitors fascinated for Yellowstone as she investigates one of her study animals, a wolf killed in a battle to dominate. This woman was deported from the Alpha Bite Pack because she killed an alpha woman, her own sister’s puppy.

Student Winner: James Orr, Trinity College Dublin
Continuous flow: This photo is a panorama, composed of several long-exposure photographs Galaxy An experimental stream system made up of 128 mesocos. As part of my PhD, I helped run a multi-stress-related experiment to test the individual and combined effects of various climate-change stresses on freshwater food webs. Each of the 128 Mesocos or Middle Worlds had a diverse ecosystem from bacteria to fish. The pumps continuously drained water from a nearby river to eight main water tanks and then down through our mesocosm for five weeks straight, day and night.

Category 6 – The Art of Ecology
A creative and original take on photography depicting ecology.

the winner: Roberto Garcia Roa, University of Valencia
mouth: A snake’s wine snake (Oxybelis brevirostris) shows the conserved behavior of some reptiles in Squamata phytolani. Despite being harmless, they do not have venom, these snakes open their mouths to scare predators when they are discovered. Although they are not used to attacking, they quickly offer a scenario with the mouth open that many animals eventually decide to leave.

Student Winner: Sanne Govaert, Ghent University
Common nettle: Artica dioica is a species often considered a weed. But beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

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