cfe Society of Biology competition

11 March 2014

Competitions, Exhibitions, Industry news

Every year the Society of Biology runs an amateur photography competition for inspiring images which explore biology and the natural world. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Home, habitat and shelter’ and entries will be accepted for the two categories – adult and under 18 – until 31 July.

To coincide with the launch of the competition, the Society is holding a free exhibition of the shortlisted entries from 2012 and 2013, in the atrium of the Royal Institution from 17 March -11 April.

Mark Downs, chief executive of the Society, says: 'We received some stunning entries over the past two years and we hope that the exhibition will inspire other promising photographers to take part in the competition.'

This will be the fourth year that the competition has run, and the Society hopes that this year’s theme – Home, habitat and shelter – will encourage people to think creatively about the unique ways animals, plants and organisms exploit their environment in order to survive. Photographs could focus on biological research – exploring why and how organisms survive in different environments. Or it could simply capture the beauty of an animal in its natural environment: a lion prowling the savannah or an orca whale content within the coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean. There are two categories for entering, each with a cash prize:
  • Photographer of the Year (over 18) – top prize £1,000
  • Young Photographer of the Year (under 18) – top prize £500

Catherine Draycott, head of Wellcome Images and the chair of the judging panel, said of the 2013 winning image by Putu Sudiarta: 'The judges were bowled over by the quality. It is an absolutely perfect shot – not just of the bee itself but of the part of the plant the bee is aiming for.'

The spectacular shot of a bee feeding at a flower will be among the 24 images on display along with other photographs shortlisted for the theme ‘Feeding life’ in 2013 and ‘How biology can save the world’ – the theme in 2012.

The 2014 competition is sponsored by life science company Eppendorf. Judging for the competition will take place in September and the winners will be announced at the Society’s annual award ceremony in October during Biology Week 2014.

Further information on entering the competition is available on the Society’s website:

Image: Putu Sudiarta, Hunting nectar.