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This year's theme is Conflict & Survival and the competition will open for entries soon!


We are seeking entries for our 2015 annual amateur photography competition that capture conflict and survival within the natural world. This may be an example of aggressive encounters between animals in their natural environment, a plant’s struggle for resources within an arid environment or thriving bacteria in cell culture.

We also welcome entries that explore this theme at the molecular or sub-cellular level, illustrating the complex physiology or genetic factors that influence survival instinct and habitat conflict. These could be biomedical images or examples of photomicrography using any type of light microscope techniques, including: darkfield, brightfield, two-photon fluorescence or confocal imaging, to name a few.      


There are two categories in the competition, each with a cash prize:

  • Young Photographer of the Year (under 18) - £500 top prize
  • Photographer of the Year (18 and over) - £1,000 top prize

Past Winners

The 2014 theme was home, habitat and shelter. Shortlisted images are best viewed in the gallery. The winners were celebrated at the Biology Week Annual Award Ceremony and the Society would like to congratulate young photographer Nagarjun Ram (left) and photographer Billy Clapham (right).

Shortlisted images from the 2013 and 2014 competition are being exhibited at the Ri from 10th April until 15th May 2015.


In the press

The winners were featured in print in The Times on 15th October (page 15). The shortlist was featured online in The Guardian, The Independent, New Scientist, Daily Mail and many more.


The Society wishes to thank Eppendorf for their support of this competition.

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