The RPS says that the competition is designed to highlight images that show science’s impact on the everyday lives of people and also illustrates and records global issues and scientific events.
The selected images were chosen from over 1,000 entries submitted for free by both amateur and professional photographers.
“This year’s images document our fragile planet, the human cost of global warming, and actions being taken by communities around the world such as innovative irrigation methods and solar and turbine energy sources,” the RPS writes. “They reveal incredible imaging techniques, from microscopic observations, medical examinations, fossil evacuations, and kaleidoscopic patterns of refractions, oscillations, and crystallizations.”
This year’s Science Photographer of the Year is more relevant than ever before in documenting how science and climate change are impacting all our lives. The selected images are striking and will make us think more about the world around us. – Dr. Michael Pritchard, Director, Education, and Public Affairs at the RPS
The RPS Science Photographer of the Year had four winners, one each in the categories of General Science, Climate Change, Young General Science, and Young Climate Change. The Climate Change category was introduced to reflect this years’ theme of the Manchester Science Festival which is taking place digitally from February 12 through the 21.
Science Photographer of the Year (General Science category)
Young Science Photographer of the Year (General Science category)
Science Photographer of the Year (Climate Change category)
Young Science Photographer of the Year (Climate Change category)
Joining these four winners are a large group of other images from the total entries, a selection of which are below: