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Winners of 2020 National Insect Week Photography Competition - National Insect Week

1st prize over 18 category German wasps drinking by Alan Clark
1st prize over 18 category German wasps drinking by Alan Clark

Discovering the miniature safari all around us

The winners of the National Insect Week Photography Competition have been announced by the Royal Entomological Society. A record 2443 entries were received from amateur photographers in 72 countries during 2020. Each winning photograph captures a moment in the busy and often beautiful lives of insects. People of all ages have been discovering the smaller animals we see around us every day, even during the pandemic.

Head judge Dr Tim Cockerill from Falmouth University’s Institute of Photography said “In a year that has been memorable for all the wrong reasons it is wonderful to see how so many people around the world have taken solace in nature.

“Life has gone on as normal for insects and it’s clear that watching wildlife has been a great comfort to many of us. Every one of the photographs entered into the competition represents someone turning their attention to insects. They are truly fascinating animals and are all around us, but often go unnoticed. Photographs like these really allow us to appreciate them and the great many roles they play in nature.”

1st prize, Over 18 Winner

The winner in the over-18s’ category German wasps drinking by Alan Clark features a group of German wasps (Vespula germanica). Dr Cockerill said “This brilliant image reminded the judges of those classic wildlife photography shots of antelope drinking around a water hole on the African savannah. To see this in a much-maligned insect like the wasp made for a striking and memorable photograph.”

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