The Organiser of the competition is the Royal Society of Biology.
This year’s theme is “The Hidden World”.
The natural world harbours a wealth of secrets and surprises and we invite you to capture or uncover this hidden world of biology.
You might wish to explore the kingdom of microorganisms, too small to be seen by human eyes; or the world which exists hidden to us underground or under the sea – the lives of earthworms or spawning coral, for example. You could capture an example of camouflage, such as the angler fish which has evolved to blend perfectly with its surroundings. Your photograph could portray a side to biology which is not physically hidden but which often escapes our notice, like fungi, or landscapes that remain unseen by most of us due to their extreme or inaccessible locations.
We welcome entries that explore this theme at the molecular or sub-cellular level, illustrating the complexity of life which is only revealed to us with the aid of a microscope.
Each entrant may submit a maximum of 3 images to the competition.
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