Royal Society of Biology Photography Competition 2018


31st July 2018

Who may enter
Entrants must not be professional photographers. 

The Organiser of the competition is the Royal Society of Biology.

'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.

Each entrant may submit a maximum of 3 images to the competition.

To see past winners, visit 

Entry fees
The competition is free to enter.

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

Please visit to learn more about the competition.