About the Royal Society of Biology

The Royal Society of Biology (RSB) is a learned society and professional body dedicated to promoting biology in academia, industry, education and research. It advises the government on policy and aims to increase public interest in life sciences.


About the competition

Every year the RSB runs an amateur biology themed photography competition. This year they invited photographers to capture nature with the theme 'capturing movement'.

There are two categories in the competition, the Photographer of the Year (18 and over), with a £1000 top prize, and the Young Photographer of the Year (under 18), with at £500 top prize.

The photographs are judged by a panel of experts, including natural history photographers.

Take a look at the shortlisted entries for 2019 below.


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

Photographer of the Year shortlist:

'Territorial fight'. (Mudskippers, Sundarban Tiger Reserve, India). © Sundhir Gaikward.
'Demob happy'. (Red soldier beetle, Thorness Bay, near Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK). © Nick Edwards.
'Tropical acrobatics'. (Mouse opossum, Manaus, Brazil). © Adrià López Baucells.
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'Falling leaves are blue'. (Grandala birds, Northern part of Sikkim). © Kallol Mukherjee.
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'Male polar bear shaking off snow'. (Polar bear, Hudson Bay, Canada). © Ian Stone.
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'Flying over sunshine'. (Anthracothorax nigricollis hummingbird, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia). © Kristhian Castro.

Young photographer of the year

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'Fighting'. (White-headed ducks, Navaseca, Ciudad Real, Spain). © Carlos Perez Naval.
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'Playtime'. (Tiger cub, Tadoba Tiger Reserve, India). © Amogh Gaikwad.
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'Hectic nature'. (Swallowtail butterfly, Hickling Broad, England). © Will Lawson.
'The stampede'. (Zebra, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Lillian Quinn).


Leoma WilliamsAnimal behavior researcher and science writer

Leoma Williams is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Manchester, and writes periodically for both the website and print magazine