The best works of the Royal Photographic Society scientific photography contest

Looking at photos of the killer amoeba, you thinkAre You About How It Was Made? Such questions are of interest to the Royal Photographic Society - the British Royal Photographic Society. This is a charity that has existed since 1853. Members of the photographic society call their mission the promotion of the highest standards of photography. The two winners of the annual science photography competition will be announced in London on October 7th. And while this significant event did not take place, we offer a look at the most interesting works of the contest participants.

Participant of the 2018 competition. The photo shows how the poison drips from the fangs of a snake. Author Joe MacDonald


  • 1 What is scientific photography?
  • 2 Greater Flour
  • 3 Structure of soap bubbles
  • 4 lunar eclipse
  • 5 drop of aperoli
  • 6 jellyfish upside down
  • 7 stag beetle
  • 8 North America Nebula
  • 9 Milky Way

What is scientific photography?

If you look at our world through a camera lens,you can see that it is really absolutely fantastic and magnificent place. Science has always been an integral part of photography, and photography is important for science as a tool for research and the provision of knowledge to the general public.

Even if you roughly imagined howa stag beetle looks under a very powerful magnifying glass or what shape grains of sand from an ordinary beach can have, you no longer need to rack your brains over it. Simply visit the London Science Museum on October 7, where a free exhibition of the best works of the competition will be held. There you can look at the image of a stag beetle, made using light microscopy.

This is interesting: a 195-gigapixel photo of Shanghai was created where everyone can be seen

Well, if you do not plan a trip toGreat Britain this fall, it does not matter! After all, we can look at the most interesting works of the contest right now and even make bets - who, in your opinion, will be the winner in 2019? You can tell about your choice in our Telegram chat. Note that two can become winners: the best photographer of the year and the best young photographer of the year. Go!

Big Flour

In the photo there is a large flour hrushchak, photographer David Spears

Here is a small insect that oftencan be found in stored cereals and flour products. The image was obtained using electron micrograph, and then processed in Photoshop. Pretty bug, right?

By the way, the larvae of the Chinese mealwormastronauts tried to eat. The experiment, in which three taikonauts (Chinese astronauts) fed only on these insects, lasted for three months.

Read more about a wide variety of insects on our channel in Yandex.Zen.

Soap bubble structure

This colorful mosaic is nothing more than a group of soap bubbles. Posted by Kim Cox

Flying through the air, transparent and iridescentSoap bubbles always attract attention with rainbow colors. This time, photographer Kim Cox decided to take a closer look. As you know, soap bubbles are a thin film of soapy water that has the shape of a ball and an iridescent surface. Oddly enough, but bubbles are a useful tool in many areas of research. For example, in packaging and even material science. Due to their properties, the bubbles optimize the space and reduce the set surface for the air volume. Beauty.

Moon eclipse

So in the lens of Mary A N Chilton looks like a super moon

Remember the lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019? Before you is a super moon - an astronomical phenomenon that occurs when a full moon coincides with the closest approach of the Earth and the Moon.

Drop of aperoli

A micrograph of crystallized sugar from an aperoli drop

Do you like Aperol? This low-alcoholic beverage from Italy tastes like oranges, herbs and various seasonings. Even if you don’t love, perhaps this will change, because this is the drink in front of you. And if a little more accurately, then we look at a micrograph of polarized light of crystallization of sugar, obtained from a drop of aperoli, which was allowed to dry on a glass slide.

Jellyfish upside down

Author Maria En Chilton

Now you are looking at jellyfish who are holdingalmost all of his time moving down and up. These amazing creatures feed on marine plankton, and their color is a consequence of the absorption of algae in the water.

Stag beetle

Author Victor Sykor

This year’s favorite is looking at you, we won’thide. True, enlarged as much as five times! The image of a stag beetle, which can be found in oak forests, was created using microscopy. We also like this horned comrade, and you?

Nebula North America

Author Dave Watson

This amazing nebula is located at 2, 202light years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. Why do you think she was given such a name? Okay, let’s not torment you - take a closer look at the outlines of the nebula. After all, she repeats the outline of the continent of North America!

Milky Way

Author Eugene Samucheno

This incredible beauty photo was takenEugene Samuchenko in Nepal on Lake Gusaykunda. The image shows a foggy streak of light visible in the night sky, formed by stars that cannot be distinguished individually with the naked eye. Here it is, the Milky Way.

Which of the authors of these amazing photos have you presented with an award?