The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council – the UK’s leading funding agency for academic research and training in the non-clinical life sciences – recently released the winning images for their science photo contest. Here are the top 5:

Ant Flexes Its Muscles

ant flexes its muscles

This photo of an Asian weaver ant as it sticks to a glass ceiling carrying 100 times its own weight, was first overall in the competition.
(Thomas Endlein, University of Cambridge)

Killer Whale

killer whale

This photo of a killer whale was the runner-up in the “Concepts” category.
(Emma Foster, University of Leeds)

Soil Bugs

soil bugs

This photo of mites, springtails and insects from a soil sample won in the “Agriculture, Food, Diet and Health” category.
(Felicity Crotty, North Wyke Research and University of Plymouth)

Crow Uses A Bar

crow uses bar

A New Caledonian crow uses a stick to pull food from a small hole. This photo won in the “Concepts” category.
(Jolyon Troscianko, University of Birmingham)

Stuck Salmon


This photo won in the “People” category, where a fisherman catches wild salmon in Puget Sound, Washington state.
(Emma Foster, University of Leeds)