And some boats on the road in Villers-sur-Mer, France, by Mike Finn. The next theme is “My Christmas”, and the deadline for your entries is 19 December. If you would like to enter, send your pictures to email@example.com. Further details and terms can be found by following the link to “We set the theme, you take the pictures,” at the bottom of the page.
Cairngorms Connect is a new project in Scotland bringing together land-owning NGOs, public bodies and private landowners to work on nature conservation in one of the biggest schemes of its kind in the UK.
Between them the landowners manage an area of 700 sq km of mountains, forests and rivers.
Twenty years ago Glenfeshie near Aviemore looked very different; no young trees were able to grow because of browsing by red deer.
But Dr David Hetherington of the Cairngorms National Park Authority says that following a change of ownership and management, deer numbers have been brought down through culling to much lower levels that are consistent with tree regeneration.
For the first time in more than 100 years, the area abounds with new growth and many animals are also benefiting from the the landscape being more healthy.
Regeneration of the Caledonian forest
Image copyright Paul Glendell
Natural seeding from the remaining “granny pines” and birch trees is resulting in regrowth of the forest.
“In 100 years’ time this landscape is going to look very different – it’s going to be a lot more wooded,” says Dr Hetherington. “It is also better for the tourism sector and natural flood management.”
The screen adaptation of Graham Greene’s coming-of-age thriller Brighton Rock hit the cinemas on 12 December 1947.
In contrast to the dark reality the film portrays, images recently unearthed in the Studio Canal Archive Collection, which is now held by the Mary Evans Picture Library, show lead actors Richard Attenborough and Carol Marsh enjoying all that Brighton has to offer.
The film tells the story of 17-year-old gang leader Pinkie Brown, played by Attenborough, as he tries to cover up the murder of a reporter who he felt was responsible for the death of a gangster called Kite.
As events unfold, Pinkie becomes more sadistic as he is forced into more and more desperate acts to save himself, even murdering again, and marrying his girlfriend Rose Brown, played by Marsh, so she cannot testify against him.
Though the film was a hit with the audience, many reviews of the time felt it was too graphic and ought not to be shown.
Yet, as we can see, Attenborough and Marsh were able to take time out from filming to sample the delights of the British seaside – from ice cream to a dip in the sea.
There are also pictures of the two of them boating and playing cricket with the film crew.
Winding across the United Kingdom, the A1 is the longest numbered road in Britain, providing a route between the capitals of England and Scotland.
Embarking on a visual road trip, Peter Dench photographed the characters and locations he encountered as he drove the length of this road. This project was intended as an homage to Paul Graham who undertook a similar photographic expedition in 1981.
Despite the nature of the task, Dench admits, “I don’t like driving cars; I don’t like the smell of cars, the sound of cars, the process of refuelling cars or even talking about cars, but I do like taking journeys.”
Regardless of his misgivings, he hit the asphalt with the specific aim of exploring the idea of British identity in the age of Brexit.
Dench wanted to meet the real people of the UK and says, “The A1 was to be my tendril to them, an artery that connects as much as it divides. It would provide a route of certainty in a time of tumult, through a nation on the verge.”
The A1 begins near St Paul’s in the City of London, passing the concrete blocks of the Barbican Complex. Dench captures the city workers texting in their slick suits, as others make their way through the busy city.
Further north in Holloway, he photographs young Muslims removing their shoes as they prepare to enter a mosque.
The Holloway Mosque can hold around 300 worshippers and is headed by Imam Shafiullah Patel, who advises the community to exercise their right to vote.
At another point on the Holloway road, Dench met Mark, a 32-year-old fruit and vegetable seller from Essex.
Mark believes that his business has suffered because of price rises in transportation and import costs as a result of Brexit.
Despite this, he remains optimistic that the business will survive until things “settle down”.
At the Baldock Extra Motorway Services, Dench encounters Challis and her boyfriend Arnold, both dressed in camouflage tracksuits, socks and open-toe pool shoes. They are making their way north to visit family in Great Yarmouth.
Further north he meets Matthew, the proprietor of the Rockery Centre in Bedfordshire which lies on the A1.
He is more positive about the state of business. On sale for £6,000 is a selection of animal sculptures, specially imported from Kenya. “You’ve got to do something different,” he explains. “It’s the only way to survive.”
Babs sits under the menu board in the BABS cafe by the side of the road in Blyth, Nottinghamshire.
Alongside her husband Pendleton, she has worked in this roadside cabin for 27 “long” years.
Just over a mile up the road, visitors to Flo’s cafe can read complimentary copies of the Truckstop News while a cardboard cut-out of the Queen watches over.
Not far from the A1 in West Yorkshire Norman lives in a retirement home for the over-40s. The park was originally aimed at the over-50s but, due to poor business, the proprietor painted the sign down by a decade.
One of six siblings, Norman recently lost a brother to bowel cancer, the same disease that cut short his father’s life at 37. It’s a disease that Norman has survived.
He attributes his own illness to habitually eating bad food at unconventional times, having worked on the railways from the age of 15.
Originally a left-leaning voter, he has been influenced over the years to vote Conservative by his wife. They are both keen to move house but are having difficulty selling up, due to the location.
The Angel of The North, a large public sculpture by Anthony Gormley, welcomes visitors driving into Gateshead.
Around 33 million people a year see what is believed to be the largest sculpture of an angel in the world.
One visitor takes a detour off the A1 in order to take a selfie with his daughter.
Dench captures a French couple, who have come via ferry to Hull, documenting their passing into Scotland.
On reaching Edinburgh, he encountered another group who have recently arrived in the UK: a family on holiday from India. They wait at the northern end of the A1, at the junction of North Bridge and Princes Street.
Looking back on his experience, Dench feels conflicted. “Driving the length of the A1, Britain doesn’t seem full,” he says. “At times it feels lonely. This is Britain on the verge.”
And finally a cat curled up on a plinth, by Christina Sage. The next theme is “Strange but true”, and the deadline for your entries is 12 December. If you would like to enter, send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details and terms can be found by following the link to “We set the theme, you take the pictures,” at the bottom of the page.
Mae’n flwyddyn ers i Lywodraeth Cymru afael yn y dasg o redeg gwasanaeth bws o un pen i Gymru i’r pen arall.
Dewch gyda Chymru Fyw ar daith rhwng Caerdydd a Chaernarfon i gyfarfod â’r bobl a gweld y golygfeydd allwch chi brofi ar wasanaeth Traws Cymru.
It’s been a year since the Welsh Government took over control of the main north/south bus route in Wales.
Join us for a pictorial journey to meet the people and see the sights as we travel from Cardiff to Caernarfon.
Daliodd Robert Hopkins, o Aberystwyth, y Traws Cymru am 06:00 er mwyn mynd i Gaerfyrddin i gasglu ei ffôn symudol o’r siop lle roedd yn cael ei drwsio. Nawr mae’n mynd nôl i Aber ar y bws nesaf.
Robert Hopkins from Aberystwyth caught the 06:00 bus this morning to collect his mobile phone from the shop in Carmarthen where it was being repaired. Now he’s on the first bus back to Aberystwyth.
Daliodd Laura’r bws bore o Felinfach er mwyn mynd at y deintydd yng Nghaerfyrddin. Mae hi nawr ar ei ffordd adre wedi ei thriniaeth.
Laura caught this morning’s bus from Felinfach to get to the dentist in Carmarthen. Now she’s on her way home.
Roedd Eric Alman a’i wraig Margaret, o Ddinbych-y-pysgod, yn bwriadu mynd i Gaerdydd am y dydd, ond wedi colli’r bws. Felly, dyma nhw’n penderfynu mynd i Aberystwyth yn lle. Mae’r ddau’n rheolaidd yn mynd am dripiau bach am y dydd i gwahanol lefydd.
Eric Alman and his wife Margaret from Tenby intended going to Cardiff for the day…but they missed the bus. So now they’re going to Aberystwyth instead. They often enjoy going on random day trips on the bus.
Mae Mary, o Felinfach, yn mynd ar y bws yn aml… dim ots i ble. Heddiw mae’n mynd i Aberystwyth am dro.
Mary from Felinfach often takes the bus, just to get out of the house… today she’s going to Aberystwyth.
Daeth Alan y gyrrwr lawr o Fachynlleth i Aberystwyth bore ‘ma. Ar y ffordd wnaeth e bigo Vic lan yn Nhalybont. Mae Vic wedi bod yn gwneud ei siopa yn Aberystwyth ac yn barod i fynd adre.
Alan, the driver, started from Machynlleth this morning and picked Vic up in Talybont on his way to Aberystwyth to do his shopping. Now it’s time to go home.
Mae Barbara, o Bow Street, wedi dal y bws er mwyn mynd i Aberystwyth i fynd â’i chi bach Willow am dro. Mae’r ddau newydd ddal y bws adre.
Barbara from Bow Street often catches the bus to Aberystwyth to take her dog, Willow, for a walk there. Then they get the bus back home.
Mae Eirwen Jones, o Gaerfyrddin, yn dal y bws yn Aberystwyth er mwyn mynd i Gaernarfon i ofalu am blant Menna, ei merch.
Eirwen Jones from Carmarthen is on her way to Caernarfon to look after her daughter’s children for a while.
Lois a Buddy’r ci yn teithio nôl i Lanelltyd o Ddolgellau. Mae’r dau’n defnyddio’r bws yn rheolaidd.
Lois and Buddy often take the short journey from Llanelltyd to Dolgellau… and back of course.
Mae Sophie Couling a’i merch fach Daisy Lee ar y ffordd i Fangor am drip i weld tad Sophie am y penwythnos.
Sophie Couling and her daughter Daisy Lee are on the way to Bangor to visit Sophie’s dad for the weekend.
Diwedd y daith… wrth gefn archfarchnad yng Nghaernarfon.
Journey’s end…at the back of a supermarket in Caernarfon.
Ond taith fer ar droed sydd angen i gyrraedd y Maes.
But the sights do improve as you go round the corner.
The science photography competition received more than 1,100 entries across its categories for Astronomy, Behaviour, Earth Science and Climatology, Ecology and Environmental Science, and Micro-imaging.
Icy Sugar Cubes, by Peter Convey, was named overall winner and winner in the Earth Science and Climatology category. The photo, taken in early 1995 during a flight over the English Coast (southern Antarctic Peninsula), shows the scale of unusual bi-directional crevassing as an ice sheet is stretched in two directions over an underlying rise.
Waiting in the Shallows, by Nico de Bruyn, was named winner in the Ecology and Environmental Science category. The photo shows killer whales suddenly entering a small bay at sub-Antarctic Marion Island, surprising a small huddle of King Penguins busy preening themselves in the water.
Ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere create a rare optical phenomenon in Daniel Michalik’s photo, Lunar Spotlight, South Pole, Antarctica, which won the Astronomy category.
Winner in the Behaviour category was Antonia Doncila for this shot of a polar bear gazing into water near the eastern Greenland coast.
Olive Oil Drop Family Hanging Together, by Herve Elettro, was named winner in the Micro-imaging category.
Bow First, by Giuseppe Suaria, was named runner-up in the Earth Science and Climatology category. The photo was taken moments before the Russian research vessel Akademik Tryoshnikov deployed a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (Rov) under the Mertz Glacier in Eastern Antarctica, to investigate the melting of the ice-sheet.
Toss the Scorpion – Indian Roller Playing with the Kill, by Susmita Datta was given an honourable mention in the Behaviour category.
Petr Horalek was given an honourable mention in the Astronomy category for this photo of the sky above the Paranal Observatory in Chile.
This image of lava flow at the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii earned Sabrina Koehler an honourable mention in the Earth Science and Climatology category.
This year’s US solar eclipse was captured by Wei-Feng Xue, who was named runner-up in the Astronomy category.
Vladimir Gross was runner-up in the Micro-imaging category with this image of a 50-hour-old Hypsibius dujardini embryo, taken with a scanning electron microscope at a magnification of 1800x.
David Costantini was named runner-up in the Behaviour category with this image of arctic terns in Svalbard.
An honourable mention in the Ecology and Environmental Science category went to Carlos Jared for The Rainy Season, the Green Tree Frog and the Maintenance of Life.
Acari Trapped in Spiderweb, by Bernardo Segura, was given an honourable mention in the Micro-imaging category.
Invincible Ants, by Thomas Endlein, was named runner-up in Ecology and Environmental Science. Pitcher plants secrete sweet nectar on the rim and fang-like structures, which are very slippery for most insects except for one specialised ant (Camponotus schmitzii). The ants live in the curled hollow tendrils of the plant and manage to climb in and out of the pitcher without any difficulties to steal a bit of nectar, as seen here.