From furry crustaceans to hunting wasps and runaway frogs, 2021 BMC Ecology and Evolution The photo competition has produced an impressive collection of famous photos that showcase the diversity of animal and plant life on Earth. All images are open access and available for use under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CCBY) license.
The overall winning image by Kristen Brown of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA depicts a school of jack fish in a spiral formation on Heron Island in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
“This image represents the beauty and virtues of the oceans as well as the escalating crisis unfolding in the marine environment,” said Kristen Brown. “Coral reefs with high coral cover and abundant fish populations like this one on Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef are unfortunately becoming scarce. Without focused efforts to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions and water quality improvement, coral reefs as we know them are at risk of disappearing during our lifetime.”
Section Editor Joseph Settel recommended entry, saying: “Marine biodiversity sustains life and the health of our planet, but human activities threaten the well-being of the world’s oceans. Kristen Brown’s stunning photo is emblematic of the need for focused efforts to manage biodiversity loss and prioritize conservation.”
In addition to the winning photo, the judges also chose a runner-up overall, as well as winners in six categories: Conservation Biology; Evolutionary Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity; behavioral ecology; human evolution and the environment; Environmental Developmental Biology; environment population; Editor’s choice. The winning images celebrate Earth’s biodiversity and its evolutionary origins, from how species learn and evolve, to conflict, cooperation, and parasitic relationships, between and within species.
The winner in the Population Ecology category was taken by Roberto García Roa of the University of Valencia, Spain, who also submitted the winning photos in the Behavioral Ecology and Human Evolution and Environment categories. Soldier shows termites migrating along a deserted rope in a Malaysian forest.
Roberto García Roa said: “Thousands of termites are able to migrate in a complex social environment where each individual has their own task perfectly framed in a global goal: to survive and reproduce the colony. In this case, these termites used meters of abandoned rope to navigate through The Malaysian jungle. Once the humans are gone, nature reclaims its space and uses what is needed to survive.”
Editor’s Pick “Eerie Stalker” by Dimitri Opoter of the Institute for Environmental Studies and Neotropical Wildlife, Suriname captures a giant gladiator frog seconds before escaping an attempted snake attack. Giant gladiator frogs have previously been observed escaping snakes’ jaws by making distress calls and jumping and inflating their lungs, making it difficult for smaller snakes to latch on.
the BMC Ecology and Evolution The photo contest was created to give ecologists and evolutionary biologists the opportunity to use their creativity to highlight their work and celebrate the intersection between art and science. follow from Ecology BMC The competition that lasted for seven years until Ecology BMC merged with Evolutionary Biology BMC to shape BMC Ecology and Evolution. The winning photos are chosen by the editor BMC Ecology and Evolution Senior members of the magazine’s editorial board.
Editor Jennifer Harman said: “We had an amazing experience judging the great images submitted for this year’s competition. Our department editors used their expertise to ensure that the winning images were picked for the science behind them as much as for the artistic quality and beauty of the images themselves. As such, the competition largely reflects BMC’s spirit of innovation, curiosity and integrity. We thank everyone who entered this year’s competition. We hope our readers will enjoy viewing these images and discovering the stories behind them.”
Reference: “Inaugural BMC Ecology and Evolution image competition: The winning images” August 12, 2021, BMC Ecology and Evolution.
DOI: 10.1186 / s12862-021-01886-7