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The winners and runners-up in the Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition 2016 are revealed. The 2016 competition received over 1000 entries from all around the world. Entries to the competition featured a wide range of the Earth’s complex environments and showcased a number of ecosystems, as well as a variety of living taxa. The 12 finalists were eventually selected and, together with the shortlisted entrants, are presented here.

Entries were received from the categories of Behaviour, Ecology and Environmental Science, Evolutionary Biology and Micro-imaging, and the competition was judged by Alex Badyaev, an evolutionary biologist and previous category winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition; Ulrike Muller, Editor for Proceedings of the Royal Society B; Claire Spottiswoode, Editor for Biology Letters and David Maitland, nature photographer and former winner of the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

According to the Royal Society website, the photos will be on public display at the Royal Society’s London headquarters on September 17 and 18.

Special commendation. “Carbon nanotube jellyfish” by Clare Collins

Special commendation. “Carbon nanotube jellyfish” by Clare Collins

Overall winner and category winner: Behaviour. “Dancing with stars” by Imre Potyó

Overall winner and category winner: Behaviour. “Dancing with stars” by Imre Potyó

Category winner: Evolutionary Biology. “Departing eagle ray” by Nick Robertson-Brown

Category winner: Evolutionary Biology. “Departing eagle ray” by Nick Robertson-Brown

Special commendation. “Fubuki (snow storm)” by Alexandre Bonnefoy

Special commendation. “Fubuki (snow storm)” by Alexandre Bonnefoy

Category winner: Ecology and Environmental Science. “In a world without colour” by Tane Sinclair-Taylor

Category winner: Ecology and Environmental Science. “In a world without colour” by Tane Sinclair-Taylor

Category winner: Micro-imaging. “In balance” by María Carbajo Sánchez

Category winner: Micro-imaging. “In balance” by María Carbajo Sánchez

Runner up: Behaviour. “In search of food” by Jonathan Diaz-Marba

Runner up: Behaviour. “In search of food” by Jonathan Diaz-Marba

Runner up: Ecology and Environmental Science. “Les artistes” by Tegwen Gadais

Runner up: Ecology and Environmental Science. “Les artistes” by Tegwen Gadais

Runner up: Evolutionary Biology. “Polychaetous worm with engine and wagons” by Fredrik Pleijel

Runner up: Evolutionary Biology. “Polychaetous worm with engine and wagons” by Fredrik Pleijel

Special commendation (Publisher’s choice). “Speeding divergence” by Prasenjeet Yadav

Special commendation (Publisher’s choice). “Speeding divergence” by Prasenjeet Yadav

Runner up: Micro-imaging. “The spiralled snake axis” by Tyler Square

Runner up: Micro-imaging. “The spiralled snake axis” by Tyler Square

More info: The Royal Society