Powerful images of a leopard gecko and complex larvae patterns on autumnal leaves have won the RSB Photographer of the Year and Young Photographer of the Year competitions.
The 2018 theme ‘Patterns in Nature’ invited entrants to document the forms, sequences and structures of these fascinating details of biology.
The winner of the Young Photographer of the Year was 17-year-old Jack Olive from Devon who captured the fascinating image.
“The leopard gecko stared down the lens allowing me to take this picture. I wanted to show the yellow and black scale pattern as well as the beautiful eye.” Jack said.
“The array of yellow and black scales contrast brilliantly together” He added.
The winner of the Photographer of the Year competition came from Roberto Bueno and was captured on the forest floor in the Yukon valley in Canada. Roberto entry captures the minute detail of trails left by larvae.
“A little larvae is an autumnal surprise in the northern woods of Alaska and Yukon. The feeding behaviour of aspen leaf miner larvae, on the leaves of aspen, make interesting patterns, with intricate trails on every leaf.”
Over 2,500 pictures were submitted from more than 900 entrants, and these were narrowed down to a shortlist of four for the Young Photographer of the Year award, and a shortlist of eight for the Photographer of the Year.
Held annually, the Photographer of the Year competition is open to amateur photographers aged 18 and over and the winner receives a prize of £1000. The Young Photographer of the Year competition is open to amateur photographers under 18 years old, and has a top prize of £500.
The shortlisted entries for the Young Photographer of the Year