BMC Ecology Image Competition 2017

The winners of the BMC Ecology Image Competition 2017 have been announced and they are superb.

This is the fifth year that the competition has been running and it highlights the beauty which can be unveiled during scientific research projects.


Ana Carolina Lima from the University of Aveiro in Portugal was the overall winner with her close up of giant South American turtles (Podocnemis expansa).


One guest judge, Chris Darimont, of the University of Victoria, Canada, was quoted in a statement that “This image provides a rare, multilayered perspective from above. The photo is well composed, technically sound, and rich with wonderful geometry.

IFL Science posted a listing of the best picks, including the runners up in the secondary categories of Community, Population and Macroecology; Behavioral Ecology and Physiology; Conservation Ecology and Biodiversity; Landscape Ecology and Ecosystems; and Editor’s Pick.

One of the runner up photos, Two Towers by Christin Säwström of Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, is almost unrecognizable as being something of this earth.

Two Towers

Chris Darimont  said that the image was “not sharp in the low light environment, an effect that gives it a winter dreamy feel. Also, because of its softer edges, it resembles a painting. Owing to this uncertainty, it invites close and sustained examination. Whether by design or happenstance, this is a rare approach that produced an arresting image.”

Here are some of the other entries and category winners:


Behavioral and Physiological Ecology winner: “Wakeful” by Maïlis Huguin (Institut Pasteur de la Guyane)


“The roar of the last Andalusian dragon” by Javier Ábalos Álvarez (University of Valencia, Spain)


“Peaceful Koala” by Arnaud Badiane (Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia


“Dolphin school” by Diogo Sayanda (University of Lisbon, Portugal)


“You better get the weight right!” by Dewald Kleynhans (University of Pretoria, South Africa)

Colin J McCracken
Colin J McCracken

Director and Executive Editor

Colin J McCracken is an Irish editor and writer of both fiction and journalism. Coming from a background in education and film, his passions are split between the environmental and the entertaining. Constantly striving for a more sustainable existence and trying to balance it while simultaneously buying too many books.