Bug Photography Awards 2020

The organisers of the inaugural Luminar Bug Photography Awards 2020 competition have announced the winning images.

Willoughby's leaf cutter bee and an Andrena bee species. © Lee Frost

About the competition

Attracting over 800 images from photographers around the world, the Luminar Bug Photography Awards 2020 was judged by a prestigious panel drawn from the worlds of photography, ecology, television and academia, including Buglife president Germaine Greer, naturalist and BBC Wildlife columnist Nick Baker, photographers such as Levon Biss and Ross Hoddinott, and scientist Steve Ormerod.

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Judging Panel

“A huge congratulations to all the participants and winners, ” says Matt Shardlow, CEO of Buglife. “It is often said we only save the things we know and love. Sadly this seldom applies to the bugs without whom life as we know it would come to an end. These awards will hopefully bring people closer to the beauty and value of our multi-legged friends. A big thank you to Luminar and Photocrowd for making this happen.”

See all the winning and shortlisted images on the competition website.

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To view the images as a slideshow, click on the arrows in the top right hand corner of the photos below.

Bug Photographer of the Year

Red palm weevil. © Mofeed Abu Shalwa
Red palm weevil. © Mofeed Abu Shalwa

Crab spider. © Mofeed Abu Shalwa
Crab spider. © Mofeed Abu Shalwa

Young Bug Photographer of the Year

Common carder bee. © Jamie Spensley
Common carder bee. © Jamie Spensley

Aquatic Bugs

Diamond squid. © Galice Hoarau
Diamond squid. © Galice Hoarau

Arachnids

Spiders. © Lung-Tsai Wang
Spiders. © Lung-Tsai Wang

Beetles

Acorn weevil. © Christian Brockes
Acorn weevil. © Christian Brockes

Flies, Bees, Wasps and Dragonflies

Mayflies. © Peter Orr
Mayflies. © Peter Orr

Butterflies and Moths

Swallowtail butterfly. © Sara Jazbar
Swallowtail butterfly. © Sara Jazbar

Snails and Slugs

Snail. © David Lain
Snail. © David Lain

All the Other Bugs

Weaver ants, with a smaller ant. © Reynante Martinez
Weaver ants, with a smaller ant. © Reynante Martinez

Extreme Close-up

Potter wasp. © Riyad Hamzi
Potter wasp. © Riyad Hamzi

Bug Homes

Willoughby's leaf cutter bee and an Andrena bee species. © Lee Frost
Willoughby’s leaf cutter bee and an Andrena bee species. © Lee Frost

Mobile Phone Photography

Two mantises (Ameles spallanzania). © Fabio Sartori
Two mantises (Ameles spallanzania). © Fabio Sartori