Tadpoles-overhead-winner-Royal-Society-Publishing-photography-The spectacular photo ‘Tadpoles Overhead’ has won the inaugural Royal Society Publishing photography competition. The photograph, showing tadpoles that appear to be flying across a bright blue sky, was taken by Bert Willaert, a scientist and photographer while snorkeling in a canal in Belgium.

In its publishing blog, the Royal Society said it received more than 1,000 entries to its Royal Society Publishing photography competition, adding that it was a difficult task choosing the winner from the outstanding selection of entries.

The winning photograph, the panel decided, more than satisfied the two requirements – that the image should be both of scientific importance and interest, as well as striking.

According to Judge Alex Badyaev:

“The winning photo (tadpoles in the clouds) communicates the power of a common biological phenomenon visualized in a new light and from a perspective that emphasizes the other half of ecosystem; the half that we usually miss when looking down at a tadpoles’ puddle, but one that is very much a part of the tadpoles’ own view – the clouds, the trees and the sky.”

Judging panel colleague, Claire Spottiswoode, added:

“I think this unusual image is terrific because it makes us think about the world from a tadpole’s perspective (and that of a tadpole predator or parasite too). It also reminds us that fascinating ecosystems are never far away…”

Winners of remaining categories:

Evolutionary Biology Category: the winner – ‘Fern Wearing a Drysuit’, submitted by Ulrike Bauer, portrays the amazing water-repellent properties of the leaves of Salvinia molesta, a water fern.

Behaviour Category: the winner – ‘Going with the Flow: Schooling to Avoid a Predator’ – submitted by Claudia Pogoreutz, demonstrates the predator-avoidance behaviour of the tropical clupeid fish and the predatory behaviour of a black tip reef shark.

The competition was run as a collaboration between two of the Royal Society’s research journals: Biology Letters and Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, as part of the Society’s 350th anniversary of scholarly publishing.

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