Science Photographer of the Year
The overall winner was Morgan Trimble of South Africa for her image "Launching a Mini Boat". The selection panel especially liked the overall composition, the clashing domains of red/blue and yellow/white on the right side of the image and the sense of peril for this tiny research boat about to be released into the ocean.
In another image from the same voyage, Morgan has captured the rolling of the ship with star trails at night.
Young Science Photographer of the Year
The winner in the Under-18 category was Jason Chen of the USA for his image "Growl". This shows a plastinated dog's head used for training anatomy to veterinary students. The selection panel noted the angle from which the image was taken and the fierce appearance of the animal, preserved forever with an expression many vets will become familiar with. Although not part of the selection criteria, it was noted that this image was captured on a smartphone.
Jason also sent us a well-executed light micrograph of blood cells inside a tiny blood vessel. The sample has been stained to emphasise various biological structures.