Royal Society of Biology Photography Competition 2018

'Patterns in nature' is the theme of this year’s competition.

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

'Patterns in nature' is the theme of this year’s competition. Life on Earth encompasses a myriad of regular forms, sequences and structures and we invite you to capture these details of biology. The judges are looking for an original interpretation of the theme

You might wish to explore how animals use spots, stripes and other shapes to camouflage and signal; or capture the collective arrangement of wildlife in colonies, herds and shoals. Your photograph could depict the spirals and symmetries of the plant kingdom to the meanders and tessellations as seen in wider landscapes.

We also welcome entries that explore this theme at a molecular or cellular level, illustrating regular patterns that can only be observed with the aid of a microscope such as cell division and gene expression.


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


The competition is free to enter and is open to Society members and non - members. Entrants must not be professional photographers. For the purposes of this competition, a professional photographer will be considered to be someone who makes m ore than half their annual income from photography - related work .

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

The copyright of the entire image must belong to the entrant.