The Royal Society of Biology has announced the shortlist for its Photographer of the Year awards.
In the main category there are seven photos by amateur photographers, as well as three shots shortlisted for Young Photographer of the Year.
These were taken by Oliver Tidswell , Timofev Zubarev and Darpan Pasak- aged 17, 13 and 12 respectively.
1.“Little one”: A flowering plant at an altitude of 5,550m in the Pensi La Pass, India,one of three photos shortlisted for Young Photographer of the Year
2.“Loneliness and stubbornness”: Sea rocket clinging to a dune on the Curonian Spit in Russia – another image on the young photographer shortlist.
The society invited submissions from around the world, on the theme of “conflict and survival”.
The shortlisted photos include squabbles for food and mates between seabirds and muskox, as well as insects, plants and snails struggling against the environment and other species.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on October 15, during Biology Week.
3.“Mating”: Two frogs caught in the act on a lotus leaf – another image on the young photographer shortlist
4. “Red ant scared off by sawfly caterpillars”: These recently hatched caterpillars all sprang from their eggs simultaneously when an ant approached.
5.“Headbutts”: Two male muskox in Dovrefjell, Norway, engage in a prolonged series of head-to-head clashes until one of them yields
6.“All, all alone”: A tiny juvenile anemone fish finds a place of refuge in the ocean off the Philippines
7.“The herons”: Stilt fishermen in the south-western beaches of Sri Lanka, perched on their “pettas”, make the best of meagre pickings
8.“The last sardine”: Two seabirds on Robben Island in South Africa are unwilling to gamble on whether or not there are, in fact, plenty more fish in the sea
9.“Impala fighting”: In Namibia, male impala battle for dominance and to determine their place in the breeding hierarchy
10.“Double trouble”: These two snails are both playing host to parasitic flatworms, which develop in the snail’s stomach and then invade its antennae, putting on a caterpillar-like display to attract birds
SOURCE : BBC.com