A Dalmatian pelican
Alwin Hardenbol, University of Eastern Finland / British Ecological Society
The eye-catching photo above and the selection below celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature. The pictures were taken by ecologists and students around the world and are among the winners, runners-up and highly acclaimed entries in the British Ecological Society’s 2020 photo competition “Capturing Ecology”.
The overall winner was Alwin Hardenbol of the University of Eastern Finland for the inaugural recording of a Dalmatian pelican, the largest pelican type threatened with loss of its breeding colonies and aquatic habitats.
Verrill’s two-point squid larvae
Pichaya Lertvilai, SIO, UC San Diego / British Ecological Society
This shot of Verrill’s two-point squid larvae emerging from their egg sacs was won second by Pichaya Lertvilai at the University of California at San Diego.
A Cope’s vine snake
Roberto García Roa, University of Valencia / British Ecological Society
Roberto García Roa, of the University of Valencia, Spain, was the winner of the “The Art of Ecology” category for this picture of a Cope vine snake using its open mouth as a tactic to scare predators.
Upamanyu Chakraborty / British Ecological Society
The runners-up show a procession of weaver ants bringing younger colony members to safety, photographed by Upamanyu Chakraborty, a researcher at the Wildlife Institute of India.
An Oiticella Convergens moth
Gabor Pozsgai, Fujian University of Agriculture and Forestry / British Ecological Society
These final images are from the critically acclaimed list: a perfectly camouflaged Oiticella convergens moth captured by Gabor Pozsgai, who graduated from Fujian University of Agriculture and Forestry in China; and a coyote captured by Peter Hudson of Pennsylvania State University.
Peter Hudson, Penn State University / British Ecological Society
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