Dynamic ecosystems category winner: Zoe Davies. A brown bear catching sockeye salmon in Alaska. Photograph: Zoe Davies/University of Kent/British Ecological Society

The British Ecological Society has announced the winners of its annual photography competition, Capturing Ecology. Taken by international ecologists and students, the winning images will be exhibited at the society’s joint annual meeting in Ghent in December.

The photographers had to demonstrate interactions between different species in their natural environments with several different categories, each with an overall winner and a student winner.

Here are some of our favorites.

Individuals and populations category winner: Nilanjan Chatterjee. A tiger with her cub. Photograph: Nilanjan Chatterjee/Wildlife Institute of India/British Ecological Society
Dynamic ecosystems student winner: Leejiah Dorward. A savanna vine snake struggles with a speckle fronted weaver in Tanzania. Photograph: Leejiah Dorward/British Ecological Society
The art of ecology student winner: Sanne Govaert. A butterfly in a used transparent container. Photograph: Sanne Govaert/Ghent University/British Ecological Society
This year’s overall winner is Christopher Beirne, from the University of Exeter and Crees Foundation, with his image of an ocelot taking advantage of human-made nature trails to stalk its prey in Peru. ‘The photograph was taken in an area of land, which was completely cleared for agriculture 30-50 years ago. Documenting the wildlife that has returned as the forest has recovered was not only a real privilege, it has also changed my perspective on the value of degraded land in tropical areas.’ Photograph: Christopher Beirne/University of Exeter and Crees Foundation/British Ecological Society
Overall student winner: Leejiah Dorward. Flap-necked chameleon in Tanzania. Photograph: Leejiah Dorward/University of Oxford/British Ecological Society
Ecology in action student winner: Nick Harvey. A sedated white rhino in South Africa. Photograph: Nick Harvey/University of Manchester and Chester Zoo/British Ecological Society
Ecology in action category winner: Dominic Cram. Meerkat morning weights. Photograph: Dominic Cram/University of Cambridge/British Ecological Society
Overall runner-up: Toucan, Mark Tatchell. Photograph: Mark Tatchell/British Ecological Society
Up close and personal category winner: Roberto García Roa. Anolis lizard changing skin. Photograph: Roberto García Roa/University of Valencia/British Ecological Society
Individuals and populations student winner: Leejiah Dorward. A long-tailed sylph shakes off rain drops after a tropical shower in Colombia. Photograph: Leejiah Dorward/University of Oxford/British Ecological Society
Ecology and society category: Leejiah Dorward. A nycterid bat triggers a camera trap. Photograph: Leejiah Dorward/University of Oxford/British Ecological Society
Up close and personal student winner: Karen O’Neill. Canopy bubble, showing the reflection of trees in water. Photograph: Karen O’Neill/KerryLIFE and University of Dundee/British Ecological Society
Ecology and society student winner: Adam Rees. Female leatherback turtle gets into trouble. Photograph: Adam Rees/Plymouth University/British Ecological Society
The full list of winners is as follows:

Overall winner: Christopher Beirne, University of Exeter and Crees Foundation, On the trail, ocelot during the night in Peru

Overall runner-up: Mark Tatchell, Toco toucan looking back

Overall student winner: Leejiah Dorward, University of Oxford, I see you, flap-necked chameleon in Tanzania

Category 1 – Up close and personal
An image displaying the intricacy of nature using close-up or macro photography.

Winner: Roberto García Roa, University of Valencia, White silk, Anolis lizard changing skin

Student winner: Karen O’Neill, KerryLIFE and University of Dundee, Canopy bubble, showing the reflection of trees in water

Category 2 – Dynamic ecosystems
Demonstrating interactions between different species within an ecosystem.

Winner: Zoe Davies, University of Kent, Salmon run, a brown bear catching sockeye salmon in Alaska

Student winner: Leejiah Dorward, University of Oxford, Venomous vine, a savanna vine snake struggles with a speckle fronted weaver in Tanzania

Category 3 – Individuals and populations
A unique look at a species in its environment, either alone or as part of a population.

Winner: Nilanjan Chatterjee, Wildlife Institute of India, Crossing the line, a tiger with her cub

Student winner: Leejiah Dorward, University of Oxford, Shivering sylph, a long-tailed sylph shakes of raindrops after a tropical shower in Colombia

Category 4 – Ecology and society
A look at how people and society engage with wildlife and their environment.

Winner: Leejiah Dorward, University of Oxford, Home sweet home, a nycterid bat triggers a camera trap

Student winner: Adam Rees, Plymouth University, Female leatherback turtle gets into trouble

Category 5 – Ecology in action
Showcasing the practice of ecology in action.

Winner: Dominic Cram, University of Cambridge, Meerkat morning weights

Student winner: Nick Harvey, University of Manchester and Chester Zoo, A sedated giant, white rhino in South Africa

Category 6 – The art of ecology
A creative and original take on photography denoting ecology.

Winner: Jesamine Bartlett, University of Birmingham and British Antarctic Survey, Divided, a crack in a Swedish lake stretches the entire width of the lake, dividing the white ice with a deep black scar

Student winner: Sanne Govaert, Ghent University, The jar effect, a butterfly in a used transparent container


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