The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition celebrates the power of photography to communicate science and the role that great images play in making science accessible to a broad audience. The rainy season, the green tree frog and the maintenance of life by Carlos Jared, who received an honorable mention in the category of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition celebrates the power of photography to communicate science and the role that large images play in making science accessible to a broad audience. The rainy season, the green tree frog and the maintenance of life by Carlos Jared, who received an honorable mention in the category of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

  Mix the scorpion - Indian roller that plays with the slaughter by Susmita Datta, who received an honorable mention in the Behavior category for the 2017 photo contest of the Royal Society Publishing. The image was taken during an early morning safari in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, India.

Launches the Scorpion – Indian Roller who plays with the slaughter by Susmita Datta, who received an honorable mention in the Behavior category for the 2017 Photography Competition of the Royal Society Publishing. The image was taken during an early morning safari in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, India.

  Inside Reach by Petr Horalek who received an honorable mention in the category of Astronomy. The skies over the ESO Parbad Observatory resemble oil over water as green, yellow and blue combine to create a landscape of iridescent sky.

within Reach by Petr Horalek who received a mention of Honor in the Astronomy category. The skies over the ESO Parbad Observatory look like oil in the water as green, yellow and blue combine to create an iridescent landscape.

  Moon projector, South Pole, Antarctic by Daniel Michalik who was named winner in the Astronomy category. Ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere create a rare optical phenomenon: a pillar of light under the Moon.

Lunar spotlight, South Pole, Antarctica by Daniel Michalik who was named winner in the category of Astronomy. Ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere create a rare optical phenomenon: a pillar of light under the Moon.

  The family of the drops of olive oil is united by Herve Elettro, who was named winner in the category of Microimagen for the Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition 2017.

The family of the drops of olive oil is united by Herve Elettro, who was named winner in the Microimage category for the Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition 2017.

  Diamond ring through thin clouds by Wei-Feng Xue who was named a finalist in the category of Astronomy. The American Eclipse of 2017 seen from the part of the whole route that traversed northern Georgia. This is the diamond ring that illuminates some very fine cloud structures, almost like space clouds (ie, a nebula).

Diamond ring through thin clouds by Wei-Feng Xue, who was named a finalist in the category of Astronomy. The American Eclipse of 2017 seen from the part of the whole route that traversed northern Georgia. This is the diamond ring that illuminates some very fine cloud structures, almost like space clouds (ie, a nebula).

  Water bear embryo of Vladimir Gross, who was named a finalist in the MicroImage category. His image shows a 50-hour embryo of the species Hypsibius dujardini, taken with a scanning electron microscope with an 1800x magnification. The embryo in the image is approximately 1/15 of a millimeter in length.

Embryo of water bear of Vladimir Gross who was named finalist in the category of MicroImage. His image shows a 50-hour embryo of the species Hypsibius dujardini, taken with a scanning electron microscope with an 1800x magnification. The embryo in the image is approximately 1/15 of a millimeter in length.

  Invincible ants by Thomas Endlein, who was named a finalist in the category of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. Pitcher plants are carnivorous plants, which extract nutrients from trapped and digested insects. The species shown here (Nepenthes bicalcarata) secretes sweet nectar on the rim and fang-like structures, which are very slippery for most insects except for a specialized ant (Camponotus schmitzii).

Invincible ants by Thomas Endlein, who was named a finalist in the category of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. Pitcher plants are carnivorous plants, which extract nutrients from trapped and digested insects. The species shown here (Nepenthes bicalcarata) secretes sweet nectar on the rim and fang-like structures, which are very slippery for most insects except for a specialized ant (Camponotus schmitzii).

  The Pele fire by Sabrina Koehler who received an honorable mention in the Earth Sciences and Climatology category. The image shows the 61G lava flow at the Pu eruption site of the active Kilauea volcano in the Hawaii Volcano National Park.

The Pele fire by Sabrina Koehler who received an honorable mention in the Earth Sciences and Climatology category. The image shows the 61G lava flow at the Pu eruption site of the active Kilauea volcano in the Hawaii Volcano National Park.

  Cubes of iced sugar from Peter Convey, who was named overall winner and winner in the category Earth Sciences and Climatology. The photo, taken in early 1995 during a flight over the English coast (south of the Antarctic Peninsula) at about 74 degrees to the south, illustrates the scale of unusual bidirectional cracks when an ice sheet is stretched in two directions over an underlying elevation. , with a Twin Otter Airplane as a stopover.

Cubes of iced sugar from Peter Convey, who was named overall winner and winner in the category Earth Sciences and Climatology. The photo, taken in early 1995 during a flight over the English coast (south of the Antarctic Peninsula) at about 74 degrees to the south, illustrates the scale of unusual bidirectional cracks when an ice sheet is stretched in two directions over an underlying elevation. , with a Twin Otter Airplane as a stopover.

  Acari caught in the web by Bernardo Segura, who received an honorable mention in the MicroImage category.

Acari caught in the web by Bernardo Segura, who received an honorable mention in the MicroImage category.

  I breathe for Antonia Doncila, who was named winner in the Behavior category, taken across the Strait of Fram, near the east coast of Greenland. The polar bear found a portion of fast ice that quickly became his home.

Respiro, by Antonia Doncila, who was named winner in the Behavior category, taken across the Strait of Fram, near the east coast of Greenland. The polar bear found a portion of fast ice that quickly became his home.

  Waiting in the shallows by Nico de Bruyn, who was named winner in the category of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. The killer whales suddenly enter a small bay on the Subantarctic island of Marion, which surprises a small group of king penguins busy in the water.

Waiting in the shallows for Nico de Bruyn, who was named winner in the category of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. The killer whales suddenly enter a small bay on the Subantarctic island of Marion, which surprises a small group of king penguins busy in the water.

  Giuseppe Suaria, who was named a finalist in the category Earth Sciences and Climatology. The Russian research vessel Akademik Tryoshnikov supports the bow against the nose of the Mertz Glacier in East Antarctica. The photo was taken just before deploying ROPOS, a Remote Operated Submarine Vehicle (ROV) under the tongue of the glacier to investigate the melting of the ice sheet after a piece of ice that jutted 100 kilometers (62 miles) into the ocean Austral separated the main body of the language in 2010.

Giuseppe Suaria, who was named finalist in the category Earth Sciences and Climatology. The Russian research vessel Akademik Tryoshnikov supports the bow against the nose of the Mertz Glacier in East Antarctica. The photo was taken just before deploying ROPOS, a Remote Operated Submarine Vehicle (ROV) under the tongue of the glacier to investigate the melting of the ice sheet after a piece of ice protruding 100 kilometers (62 miles) into the ocean Austral separated the main body of the language in 2010.

  Reproduction of David Costantini, who was named a finalist in the Behavior category. This image shows arctic terns in Svalbard. All photographs through PA.

Reproduction of David Costantini who was named a finalist in the Behavior category. This image shows arctic terns in Svalbard. All photographs through PA.