Royal Society photo award winners

2017 Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition

Royal Society photo award winners

An aerial photo of an Antarctic ice sheet looking like giant sugar cubes was chosen as the overall winner of this year's Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition. When I first viewed the photograph I thought both plane images were shadows. The image is striking in its starkness.

The science photography competition had more than 1,100 entries in the categories of Astronomy, Behaviour, Earth Science and Climatology, Ecology and Environmental Science, and Micro-imaging.

These are my favorite images from the winners:


Icy Sugar Cubes, by Peter Convey, was named overall winner and winner in the Earth Science and Climatology category. The photo, taken in early 1995 during a flight over the English Coast (southern Antarctic Peninsula), shows the scale of unusual bi-directional crevassing as an ice sheet is stretched in two directions over an underlying rise.


Waiting in the Shallows, by Nico de Bruyn, was named winner in the Ecology and Environmental Science category. The photo shows killer whales suddenly entering a small bay at sub-Antarctic Marion Island, surprising a small huddle of King Penguins busy preening themselves in the water.


Toss the Scorpion - Indian Roller Playing with the Kill, by Susmita Datta was given an honourable mention in the Behaviour category.


This year's US solar eclipse was captured by Wei-Feng Xue, who was named runner-up in the Astronomy category.


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