A photo taken in Vietnam’s central province of Phu Yen recently took second place at an annual photography contest held by Royal Society of Biology (RSB) in the United Kingdom.
Titled “Hon Yen marine ecosystem,” the photo by Truong Hoai Vu was named runner-up in the 2021 RSB Photography Competition’s Photographer of The Year category, the society announced on its website earlier this month.
“Every year, between May and August, the coral of this rich and diverse ecosystem becomes exposed at low tide,” RSB captioned Vu’s photo of a coral reef near Yen Islet in Phu Yen.
Themed “interconnected,” this year’s contest received more than 1,600 submissions from amateur photographers around the world.
The contest hosted two categories including Young Photographer of the Year for photographers below the age of 18 with a top prize of £500 (US$683.88) and Photographer of the Year for adult photographers with a top prize of £1000 ($1,367).
According to the organizers, the competition was judged by Alice Campaign from the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International, Tim Harris from Nature Library and Bluegreen Pictures, Tom Hartman, program chair of MSc in Biological Photography and Imaging at the University of Nottingham, and Alex Hyde, freelance natural history photographer.
15-year-old Roan Jones won Young Photographer of the Year with his photo of “a tire being reclaimed by nature – showing the interaction between people and wider world” taken in Somerset, UK while Vishwanath Birje claimed Photographer of the Year “for his stunning image of ants feeding off honeydew excreted by a yellow aphid" taken in Thane, India.
|'A tire being reclaimed by nature – showing the interaction between people and wider world.' Photo: Roan Jones / Royal Society of Biology|
|'Ants feeding off honeydew excreted by a yellow aphid.' Photo: Vishwanath Birje / Royal Society of Biology|
Meanwhile, Alice Feng won second in the Young Photographer of the Year category for a photo capturing Bacillus subtilis being grown on a dextrose agar plate.
|'Bacillus subtilis being grown on a dextrose agar plate.' Photo: Alice Feng / Royal Society of Biology|
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