Strange but true

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The Caledonian Forest

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.

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Between them the landowners manage an area of 700 sq km of mountains, forests and rivers.

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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.

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Regeneration of the Caledonian forest

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Natural seeding from the remaining “granny pines” and birch trees is resulting in regrowth of the forest.

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“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.”

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You can see more of Paul Glendell’s work on his website.

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Behind the scenes of Brighton Rock

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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.

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There are also pictures of the two of them boating and playing cricket with the film crew.

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All photographs © Studio Canal Archive Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library

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In pictures: The Art of Building 2017

Twelve finalists have been chosen from this year’s Art of Building architectural photography competition. From abstract details to abandoned buildings, here are the chosen images.

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MEHMET YASA

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Mehmet Yasa’s photograph is called “the eye of the tower” due to his ingenious positioning of the staircase and bell in this tower in Verona, Italy.

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Hanqing Qu

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Hanqing Qu’s image was taken at Malaysia’s National Mosque. “When the sunlight sprinkles into this building, light and shade meet each other in a dreamlike scene,” he says. “It reminds me of the film called Inception.”

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Taken at the Cultural Centre in Aviles, northern Spain, Hans Wichmann documents a young cyclist. He calls the museum “a successful integration of modern buildings in an old industrial site by architect Oscar Niemeyer, a place for large and small people”.

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FRANCIS MESLET

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Francis Meslet chose to look upwards in this picture, taken in a French memorial marking the centenary of World War One.

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Linda van Slobbe

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“This historic theatre is built in a typical oval shape, with the stage on one end and multiple floors and balconies all around the rest,” says photographer Linda van Slobbe about this theatre in Bar-le-Duc, France. “This one has beautiful decorations.”

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This image by Robert Cassway is part of a larger series called “The Vanishing West” about Fresno, Montana, USA. “This photo shows the ravages of time and weather on a building that was left to decay by benign neglect, after the families that lived in Fresno moved away,” he says.

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The St Andrew’s Cathedral Tower is a neo-Gothic building built in mid-19th Century Singapore. Andrean Hadhianto Kwee says it stands “majestically in its surroundings, where it has still preserved its originality”.

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Petr Starov

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Cemetery of the 21st Century is the title of Petr Starov’s image shot in Ryazan, Russia. The photo captures the suspended construction of a shopping centre.

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Guo Ji Hua

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Guo Ji Hua’s image of these roads in Guangdong, China, is titled Cross Bridge Waltz and was shot using a drone. “The intersection of this work has an abstract line of beauty,” he says.

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Dmytro Levchuk

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Another photographer, Dmytro Levchuk, also chose to look upwards in this representation of bold colours and form in Dubai.

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Hossein Younesi

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Hossein Younesi captures the experimental architectural forms of this modern residential building in Iran.

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Gautam Kamat Bambolkar

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“Rugged textured cable pipes ran over my head at a train station in New York, creating a trance-like, frightful pattern,” says Gautam Kamat Bambolkar. “They ran from the edge of the entrance to an infinite end. It looked nothing less than a scary man-made cave.”

The Art of Building is run by the Chartered Institute of Building.

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Week in pictures: 2-8 December 2017

Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week.

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Roshid Jan cries for her missing husband as her son touches her face. Having fled her home in Myanmar after soldiers burned their village, she is one of more than 230 people living at a camp for Rohingya widows and orphans near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. This week Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the United Nations human rights chief, said an act of genocide against Rohingya Muslims by state forces in Myanmar cannot be ruled out.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II greets Nigerian High Commissioner George Adesola Oguntade and his wife as he presents his Letter of Credence during an audience at Buckingham Palace.

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Members of the anti-narcotics force pose for a picture as illegal drugs are burned during a ceremony in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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A model prepares backstage before showcasing a creation by Enjimaasai Fashion during the 10th Swahili Fashion Week in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Nearly 200,000 residents were evacuated from their homes in California as firefighters battled several raging wildfires.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan crosses at the Wagah border crossing from India into Pakistan. The mayor is on a week-long visit to the region to promote London, and to strengthen commercial and cultural ties with both Indian and Pakistani cities.

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Violence has flared between Israeli forces and Palestinians protesting at Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Clashes took place in the occupied West Bank.

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The Supermoon rises above Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire. The phenomenon occurs when the Moon is at its closest point to the Earth.

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Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d’Or award for the fifth time – and the second year in a row. The award is voted for by 173 journalists from around the globe and awarded to the world’s best footballer.

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People dressed as Santa Claus enjoy the snow during Saint Nicholas Day at the Alpine ski resort of Verbier, Switzerland.

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Britain on the verge: Life along the A1

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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.”

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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A1: Britain on the Verge will be on show at Project Space, Bermondsey Street, London 16-20 January 2018.

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Plinths

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Africa’s week in pictures

A selection of the best photos from across and about Africa this week:

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We start with a bit of selfie bling in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Tuesday during a demonstration by women demanding more economic empowerment.

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The next day, Fifi Loukoula from Congo-Brazzaville competes in the World Para Powerlifting championchip in Mexico.

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Cameroon’s Vanessa Djiepmou Medibe takes on players from the Netherlands during a match at the Handball Women World Championship in Germany on Tuesday.

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A Senegalese dancer performs on Thursday during a ceremony to open a new international airport that will serve the capital, Dakar.

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Sierra Leonean singer Janka Nabay, who plays traditional Bubu music, takes a pose on Wednesday during a festival in the French city of Rennes.

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On the same day, Algerians look out of windows at the street below to see the French president in the capital, Algiers…

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It was Emmanuel Macron’s first visit to the country that fought a bitter war for independence from French colonial rule.

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On Thursday, protesters in Tunisia burn a US flag during a protest against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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A migrant protests on Saturday outside the Greek parliament in Athens against recent reports of African migrants being sold as slaves in Libya…

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A woman who became stranded after trying to make it to Europe via Libya is pictured after returning home to Nigeria on Tuesday.

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On the same day, children draw a portrait of South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir at a UN site in the capital, Juba.

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A portrait of Emmerson Mnangagwa is hung at Zimbabwe’s State House on Monday about 10 days after the new president was sworn in.

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A child walks on Sunday through the hall of the derelict Gbadolite palace of Mobutu Sese Seko, the former ruler of Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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On the same day, a supermoon rises over Cape Town’s Table Mountain in South Africa.

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An event organiser at Swahili Fashion Week in Tanzania’s main city of Dar es Salaam checks her phone on Saturday…

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It is an annual event showcasing fashion from Swahili-speaking countries in East and Central Africa to promote Made-in-Africa brands…

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These men model creations, including nose rings, by Farouque Abdela, a designer from Zanzibar.

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And not to be out-done on the fashion front, Queen Elizabeth greets Nigeria’s ambassador to the UK George Adesola Oguntade and his wife to Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

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From south to north

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.

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Science through the lens

An aerial photo of an Antarctic ice sheet looking like giant sugar cubes has been revealed as the overall winner of this year’s Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Winner in the Behaviour category was Antonia Doncila for this shot of a polar bear gazing into water near the eastern Greenland coast.

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Olive Oil Drop Family Hanging Together, by Herve Elettro, was named winner in the Micro-imaging category.

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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.

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Toss the Scorpion – Indian Roller Playing with the Kill, by Susmita Datta was given an honourable mention in the Behaviour category.

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Petr Horalek was given an honourable mention in the Astronomy category for this photo of the sky above the Paranal Observatory in Chile.

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This image of lava flow at the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii earned Sabrina Koehler an honourable mention in the Earth Science and Climatology category.

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This year’s US solar eclipse was captured by Wei-Feng Xue, who was named runner-up in the Astronomy category.

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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.

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David Costantini was named runner-up in the Behaviour category with this image of arctic terns in Svalbard.

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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.

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Acari Trapped in Spiderweb, by Bernardo Segura, was given an honourable mention in the Micro-imaging category.

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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.

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