Photography Competition

The Royal Society of Biology annual photography competition invites amateurs to submit photographs on a particular theme.


‘Capturing movement’ is the theme of this year’s competition. Life on Earth is constantly changing, and we invite you to photograph nature in motion.

You might wish to explore the locomotion and migration of animals or the growth and colonisation of plants and fungi. Your photograph could depict the act of flying, hunting, playing and swimming, or the bones, muscles and other biological structures that help perform these actions. We also welcome entries that explore this theme at the cellular or molecular level, illustrating the dynamic world only revealed to us with a microscope.

How to enter

The Photography Competition 2019 will open for entries on 13th March 2019.

Each entrant can submit up to three photographs for the competition.

Please read the competition’s terms and conditions before entering and submitting your photographs.

To see past winners, visit

Who may enter?

Entrants must not be professional photographers.

There is no entry fee to participate!

It’s free to enter!

Each entrant can submit up to three photographs for 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


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

Tim Harris – Nature Picture Library and Bluegreen Pictures
Tom Hartman – program chair of MSc in Biological Photography and Imaging at the University of Nottingham
Alex Hyde – natural history photographer and lecturer at The University of Nottingham
Linda Pitkin – underwater photographer
Competition sponsor

The Royal Society of Biology wishes to thank Eppendorf for its continued support of this competition.


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