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The theme for our annual photography competition was the Hidden World of Biology. We are delighted to announce our 2017 winners and shortlist.


The natural world harbours a wealth of secrets and surprises and we invited amateur photographers to capture or uncover this hidden world of biology.


The winners were announced on Thursday 12th October at the Biology Week Annual Awards Ceremony. The competition was won by young photographer Dheeraj Nanda (left) and photographer Duncan McNaught (right). Find out how the images fit the theme and see the shortlist in our gallery.

photocomp 2017 winners


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

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


If you have any queries regarding this competition, contact Raghav Selvam.


Tim Harris, Nature Picture Library and Bluegreen Pictures
Alex Hyde, natural history photographer and lecturer at The University of Nottingham
Linda Pitkin, Underwater photographer


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


Past winners

Robert_SommerThe 2016 theme was 'Biology from Big to Small' and the competition was won by young photographer Pradyuman Samant (left) and photographer Robert Sommer (right). Click on the images in our gallery to find out how the photographs fit the theme.
Pradyuman Samant







The 2015 theme was 'Conflict and Survival'. The winners, celebrated at the annual Biology Week award ceremony were young photographer Oliver Tidswell (left) and photographer Barbara Stanley (right). View all the shortlisted images in our gallery.


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).


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