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This competition is now closed for entries


Our 2015 annual amateur photography competition sought entries that captured conflict and survival within the natural world. This could have been examples of aggressive encounters between animals in their natural environment, a plant’s struggle for resources within an arid environment or thriving bacteria in cell culture.


There are two categories in the competition, each with a cash prize:

  • Young Photographer of the Year (under 18) - £500 top prize
  • Photographer of the Year (18 and over) - £1,000 top prize

How to enter

The competition closed on Monday 31st August 2015. If you have any queries regarding your submission or the terms and conditions, contact Karen Patel.


The winners will be announced at the Royal Society of Biology's Annual Award Ceremony during Biology Week 2015.


Catherine Draycott, Wellcome Images
Tim Harris, Nature Picture Library and Bluegreen Pictures
Alex Hyde, natural history photographer and lecturer at The University of Nottingham
Louise Murray, freelance photojournalist
Linda Pitkin, Underwater photographer


The Society wishes to thank Eppendorf for their support of this competition.


Past Winners

The 2014 theme was 'Home, Habitat and Shelter'. The winners were celebrated at the Biology Week Annual Award Ceremony and the Society would like to congratulate young photographer Nagarjun Ram (left) and photographer Billy Clapham (right).


The 2013 theme was 'Feeding Life' and the competition was won by young photographer Jack Settle (left) and photographer Putu Sudiarta (right).


The 2012 theme was 'How can biology save the world?' Congratulations to eight year old winner Ziamel Zacarias (left) and photographer Chi Keung Wong (right).


In the press

The 2014 winners were featured in print in The Times on 15th October (page 15). The shortlist was featured online in The Guardian, The Independent, New Scientist, Daily Mail and many more.