The British Ecological Society has announced the winners of its annual photography competition, Capturing Ecology. Taken by international ecologists and students, the winning images will be exhibited at the society’s joint annual meeting in Ghent in December.

Ecology in action student winner: Nick Harvey. A sedated white rhino in South Africa
Overall runner-up: Toucan, Mark Tatchell
Overall student winner: Leejiah Dorward. Flap-necked chameleon in Tanzania.
Ecology in action category winner: Dominic Cram. Meerkat morning weights.
Up close and personal student winner: Karen O’Neill. Canopy bubble, showing the reflection of trees in water.
The art of ecology student winner: Sanne Govaert. A butterfly in a used transparent container.

This year’s overall winner is Christopher Beirne, from the University of Exeter and Crees Foundation, with his image of an ocelot taking advantage of human-made nature trails to stalk its prey in Peru.

The art of ecology category winner: Jesamine Bartlett. A crack in a Swedish lake stretches the entire width of the lake.
Ecology and society category: Leejiah Dorward. A nycterid bat triggers a camera trap.
Individuals and populations student winner: Leejiah Dorward. A long-tailed sylph shakes of rain drops after a tropical shower in Colombia.
Dynamic ecosystems student winner: Leejiah Dorward. A savanna vine snake struggles with a speckle fronted weaver in Tanzania.
Individuals and populations category winner: Nilanjan Chatterjee. A tiger with her cub.
Up close and personal category winner: Roberto García Roa. Anolis lizard changing skin.
Ecology and society student winner: Adam Rees. Female leatherback turtle gets into trouble.
Dynamic ecosystems category winner: Zoe Davies. A brown bear catching sockeye salmon in Alaska.

“The photograph was taken in an area of land, which was completely cleared for agriculture 30-50 years ago. Documenting the wildlife that has returned as the forest has recovered was not only a real privilege, it has also changed my perspective on the value of degraded land in tropical areas.”