Picture of Madagascan snake wins 2019 British Ecological Society pictures competitors

The British Ecological Society has introduced the winners of its annual pictures competitors, with first place going to a picture of a Malagasy tree boa.

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Roberto Garcia Roa


Successful photographer Roberto Garcia Roa stated: “Sadly, many areas of Madagascar are struggling big anthropic pressures, together with poaching and fires, and large snakes have gotten more and more troublesome to see.

“Throughout my go to to Madagascar, I had the pleasure of discovering this excellent snake and photographing it.


“To supply a dramatic state of affairs reflecting the circumstances that these snakes are struggling, I used an exterior pink mild as a supply of sunshine and extreme blurring to seize the setting.”

The profitable photos might be exhibited on the society’s annual convention, in Belfast, between 10 and 13 December. They’ll then be displayed at Ulster Museum, from 11 February 2020.

Listed here are runner-ups and class winners from the competitors, together with descriptions by photographers.

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Total runner up: Autumn texture, by Mikhail Kapychka

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Mikhail Kapychka

A birch forest in autumn within the Mogilev area, Belarus.

Total pupil winner: Flames in flumes, by Nilanjan Chatterjee

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Nilanjan Chatterjee

“A male plumbeous water-redstart [Phoenicurus fuliginosus] is photographed in its habitat, the place it appears for infrequent mayflies and bugs rising out of water.”

Are you seeing the identical as me? by Pablo Javier Merlo

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Pablo Javier Merlo

“A cow and a Milvago chimango chicken ponder the breathtaking Beagle Channel, [between Chile and Argentina,] the place the ocean and the southernmost mountains of the Andes draw a panorama.”

Capturing tundra vegetation change, by Gergana Daskalova

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Gergana Daskalova

“The tundra is warming sooner than some other area on the planet however we will solely survey little elements of those quickly altering landscapes on foot.

“Utilizing drones, we will seize a much bigger image of how local weather change is altering northern ecosystems.

“On Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island, [Canada,] which means carrying round many huge baggage full of kit, making for a picnic-like unfold amidst the cotton-grass tussocks.”

Fluorescence, by Roberto Garcia Roa

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Roberto Garcia Roa

“Fluorescence is a organic phenomenon seen throughout kingdoms, from micro organism to animals, [including] this small scorpion present in Madagascar.”

For the love of Flamingoes, by Peter Hudson

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Peter J Hudson

“Flamingoes are all legs and necks however, on the similar time, sleek and engaging.

“When flying excessive over Lake Magadi, [Kenya,] I watched this flock kind themselves right into a coronary heart form.”

Harlequin, by Khristian V Valencia

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Khristian V. Valencia

“In a time of worldwide environmental disaster, harlequin frogs face imminent extinction.

“Our charismatic good friend Atelopus spurrelli, steps by means of the jungles of the Colombian Choco, struggling to outlive.”

The Rhino’s Annual Haircut, by Molly Penny

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Molly Penny

“Throughout my keep in South Africa, I used to be lucky sufficient to be concerned within the horn trimming of 4 southern white rhinos.

“Rhinos have their horns trimmed yearly to assist forestall them being killed.

“It was a tremendous expertise and one I’ll always remember.”

Sleeping nonetheless, by Felix Fornoff

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Felix Fornoff

“Leafcutter bee (Megachile) offspring develop in nests comprised of ovate leaf cuttings completely organized in a number of buffering layers by their mom bees.

“The pigmentation of the pupas’ eyes signifies the approaching finish of metamorphoses and the arrival of the spring of their lives.”

Small Warrior, by Roberto Garcia Roa

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Roberto Garcia Roa

“Dimension issues in nature, however not at all times. Spiders are fascinating animals which have developed totally different methods (eg venom or their advanced webs) to deal with the issue of being smaller than their prey or predators.

“For example, this tiny spider I discovered in Malaysia had captured an ant whose dimension was a lot greater than the spider.”

Teeny tiny world, by Sanne Govaert

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Sanne Govaert

“This tiny mushroom (Mycena) was rising inside a rotten tree trunk.

“As a result of microclimatic circumstances contained in the trunk, condensation had shaped on the Mycena.”

Thawing away, by Gergana Daskalova

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Gergana Daskalova

“The Arctic is quickly warming however, for many of us, it’s laborious to think about simply how massive the shifts in northern ecosystems could be.

“Right here, a human silhouette is dwarfed by the scale of a retrogressive thaw stoop on Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island, in Canada.”

Watchful, by Khristian V Valencia

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Khristian V. Valencia

“Sibon nebulatus travels by means of the Colombian tropical forests in anonymity.

“It’s thought of as a number one actor of the night time that travels its path by means of the decrease vegetation in quest of prey, females and residential.”

Why did the sloth cross the street? by Andrew Whitworth

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Andrew Whitworth

“I used to be driving out from the Osa Peninsula positioned on the southern Pacific of Costa Rica on a darkish stormy day.

“This feminine three-toed sloth (Bradypus variegatus) had fortunately nearly made it throughout the street and the driving force of the Toyota on this event had noticed her in good time.”

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