Biological sciences photo competition winners announced

By Culture24 Staff | 22 February 2010
a photograph of a bird looking down a hole with a stick in its mouth

(Above) Jolyon Troscianko, University of Birmingham

The winners of the first ever Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Science Photo Competition have been announced.

Thomas Endlein from the University of Cambridge scooped the winning photo slot with his remarkable study of an Asian Weaver Ant hanging upside down from a smooth surface holding a weight in its jaws.

The ants are capable of hanging upside down on surfaces and holding more than 100 times their weight thanks to special sticky pads on their feet.

a photograph of an ant hanging upside down with a weight in its mouth

Thomas Endlein's ant study won the top prize

Images were entered into categories of Concepts; Agriculture, Food, Diet and Health; and People, submitted by photographers and researchers from around the country.

Winning images captured the excitement of acquiring new knowledge, the intricacies of research and the sheer beauty of the natural world.

a photograph of a group of different insects

An entry by Felicity Crotty from the North Wyke Research and University of Plymouth

"The creative flair shown by scientists in our community is impressive and their skill in using photographs to communicate ideas in bioscience is highly commendable," commented Paul Gemmill, BBSRC Director of Communications and Information Management.

"We would like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone who entered for their efforts in creating these really wonderful images."

a photograph showing a killer whale below the saurface of the water

This shot was taken by Emma Foster of the University of Leeds

To find out more about the competition and view all the winners and runners up visit the BBSRC website.

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