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Home, habitat & shelter 2014 photography competition


The competition is now open for entries and will close at midnight on 31st July 2014.

This years’ theme invites amateur photographers to think creatively about the unique ways animals, plants and organisms exploit their environment in order to survive. Photographs could focus on biology research which helps to answer the complex question of why and how different organisms survive in diverse environments; or, could simply capture the beauty of an animal in its natural environment.

This may be an orca whale in the cold coastal waters of the polar regions; or a parasitic worm that settles within the gut of another organism. Your photograph could give insight to the laborious task a beaver undertakes to build its dam, or the resourceful dormancy of the fat-tailed dwarf lemur. We hope this years’ theme will inspire insight into biodiversity, conservation issues and genetic diversity.

We are also welcoming entries that explore this theme at the molecular or sub-cellular level, illustrating the complex physiology or genetic factors that influence survival instinct and habitat selection. These could be biomedical images or photomicrography using any type of light microscope techniques, including: darkfield, brightfield, two-photon fluorescence or confocal imaging.

There are 2 categories in the competition, each with a cash prize:

  • Photographer of the Year (over 18) - £1000 top prize
  • Young Photographer of the Year (18 and under) - £500 top prize

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

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  • Entrants may either enter the Photographer of the Year category or the Young Photographer of the Year category
  • Entrants may enter up to three images into the competition
  • Entrants must fill in all section of the entry form which must accompany any images entered into the competition
  • Entrants must refer to the full terms and conditions before entering

How to enter:
To enter the competition, please complete the 2014 Photography Competition entry form (also available in an older version of Microsoft Word below) and either:

  • Email the form along with your image/s to
  • Send an electronic version of the images by post to Photography Competition, Society of Biology, Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London WC1N 2JU

If you are having difficulty with the entry form it is also available in the old format of Microsoft Word.

The closing date for entries is midnight on 31st July 2014.

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