A sloth crossing the road and monkeys munching on McDonald’s are some of the year’s best nature photos

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“Why did the sloth cross the road?” by Andrew Whitworth.
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Andrew Whitworth/British Ecological Society

Animals – they’re just like us, according to the winning and highly commended pictures from the British Ecological Society‘s annual photography competition which show them doing surprisingly human-like things.

“Capturing Ecology,” as the photography competition is known, features 15 prize-winning images capturing nature in all its glory around the world, and 15 highly commended runners-up.

The winning images will be exhibited at the Society’s annual conference in Belfast from December 10 to 13. They will also be displayed at a free exhibition at Ulster Museum beginning February 11, 2020.

Here are the prize-winning images and runners-up.


Overall winner: “Red night” by Roberto García Roa

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“Red night” by Roberto García Roa.
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Roberto García Roa/British Ecological Society

Overall Runner Up: “Autumn texture” by Mikhail Kapychka

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“Autumn texture” by Mikhail Kapychka
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Mikhail Kapychka/British Ecological Society

Overall student winner: “Flames in fumes” by Nilanjan Chatterjee

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“Flames in flumes” by Nilanjan Chatterjee.
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Nilanjan Chatterjee/British Ecological Society

Individuals and Populations category winner: “Sleeping still” by Felix Fornoff

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“Sleeping still” by Felix Fornoff.
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Felix Fornoff/British Ecological Society

Individuals and Populations student winner: “Watchful” by Khristian V. Valencia

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“Watchful” by Khristian V. Valencia.
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Khristian V. Valencia/British Ecological Society

Dynamic Ecosystems category winner: “Small warrior” by Roberto García Roa

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“Small warrior” by Roberto García Roa.
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Roberto García Roa/British Ecological Society

Dynamic Ecosystems student winner: “Are you seeing the same as me?” by Pablo Javier Merlo

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“Are you seeing the same as me?” by Pablo Javier Merlo.
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Pablo Javier Merlo/British Ecological Society

Up Close and Personal category winner: “Fluorescence” by Roberto García Roa

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“Fluorescence” by Roberto García Roa.
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Roberto García Roa/British Ecological Society

Up Close and Personal student winner: “Harlequin” by Khristian V. Valencia

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“Harlequin” by Khristian V. Valencia.
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Khristian V. Valencia/British Ecological Society

People and Nature category winner: “Why did the sloth cross the road?” by Andrew Whitworth

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“Why did the sloth cross the road?” by Andrew Whitworth.
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Andrew Whitworth/British Ecological Society

People and nature student winner: “Thawing away” by Gergana Daskalova

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“Thawing away” by Gergana Daskalova.
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Gergana Daskalova/British Ecological Society

Ecology in Action category winner: “The Rhino’s Annual Haircut” by Molly Penny

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“The Rhino’s Annual Haircut” by Molly Penny.
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Molly Penny/British Ecological Society

Ecology in Action student winner: “Capturing tundra vegetation change” by Gergana Daskalova

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“Capturing tundra vegetation change” by Gergana Daskalova.
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Gergana Daskalova/British Ecological Society

The Art of Ecology category winner: “For the love of flamingos” by Peter Hudson

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‘For the love of flamingos” by Peter Hudson.
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Peter Hudson/British Ecological Society

The Art of Ecology student winner: “Teeny tiny world” by Sanne Govaert

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“Teeny tiny world” by Sanne Govaert.
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Sanne Govaert/British Ecological Society

Dynamic Ecosystems highly commended: “Battle in the undergrowth” by Ben Goodheart

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“Battle in the undergrowth” by Ben Goodheart.
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Ben Goodheart/British Ecological Society

Dynamic Ecosystems highly commended: “Iceland’s lady” by Hannah Westhenry

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“Iceland’s lady” by Hannah Westhenry.
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Hannah Westhenry/British Ecological Society

Up Close and Personal highly commended: “A stab in the dark” by Ed Hall

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“A stab in the dark” by Ed Hall
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Ed Hall/British Ecological Society

Up Close and Personal highly commended: “A glass frog blending in” by Emilie Ellis

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“A glass frog blending in” by Emilie Ellis.
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Emilie Ellis/British Ecological Society

The Art of Ecology highly commended: “Movement or not” by Roberto García Roa

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“Movement or not” by Roberto García Roa.
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Roberto García Roa/British Ecological Society

The Art of Ecology highly commended: “Misty crater lake” by Tessa Driessen

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“Misty crater lake” by Tessa Driessen.
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Tessa Driessen/British Ecological Society

The Art of Ecology highly commended: “Green life” by Veronica Nava

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“Green life” by Veronica Nava
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Veronica Nava/British Ecological Society

People and Nature highly commended: “A side of fries” by Nigel Taylor

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“A side of fries” by Nigel Taylor.
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Nigel Taylor/British Ecological Society

People and Nature highly commended: “I don’t think I will need those fishing lines to catch my food” by Andrea Parisi

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“I don’t think I will need those fishing lines to catch my food” by Andrea Parisi.
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Andrea Parisi/British Ecological Society

People and Nature highly commended: “One peregrine to eat them all” by Gergana Daskalova

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“One peregrine to eat them all” by Gergana Daskalova.
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Gergana Daskalova/British Ecological Society

Individuals and Populations highly commended: “Bringing up bee remains” by Peter Hudson

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“Bringing up bee remains” by Peter Hudson.
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Peter Hudson/British Ecological Society

Individuals and Populations highly commended: “Cooperation” by Roberto García Roa

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“Cooperation” by Roberto García Roa.
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Roberto García Roa/British Ecological Society

Individuals and Populations highly commended: “Sleeping beauty” by Katherine Mullin

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“Sleeping beauty” by Katherine Mullin.
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Katherine Mullin/British Ecological Society

Individuals and Populations highly commended: “Bringing the bacon home” by Peter Hudson

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“Bringing the bacon home” by Peter Hudson.
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Peter Hudson/British Ecological Society

Individuals and Populations highly commended: “Do I know you?” by Ellie Kent

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“Do I know you?” by Ellie Kent
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Ellie Kent/British Ecological Society

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