Australian Rainforest Fungus Wins BMC Ecology and Evolution Image Competition
In a stunning display of the intricate beauty found in nature, a vibrant orange fungus growing on deadwood in the Australian rainforest has been crowned the winner of this year’s BMC Ecology and Evolution image competition. Captured by photographer Cornelia Sattler from Macquarie University, the photograph not only reveals the stunning aesthetics of the fungus but also serves as a reminder of the need to monitor its invasive nature to protect Australia’s biodiversity.
The competition, which aims to showcase the convergence of art and science, celebrates the creativity of ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and paleontologists. Apart from Sattler’s winning entry, other awe-inspiring images were awarded top honors as well. One striking photograph depicted beekeepers responsibly tending to a hive in Guinea as part of a sustainable beekeeping project. This image highlights the crucial role these keepers play in promoting ecological balance and sustaining honeybee populations.
Another captivating entry focused on a fungus parasitizing a “zombie-ant” fungus, showcasing the intricate relationships that exist within the natural world. Particularly significant given the ongoing climate crisis, the competition also recognized a photograph of an underwater remotely-operated vehicle being deployed in the Coral Sea Marine Park. This serves as a reminder of the importance of scientific exploration and conservation efforts in safeguarding our marine ecosystems.
In the Paleontology category, the winner was an awe-inspiring image capturing the development of an embryonic dinosaur within an egg estimated to be between 72 million and 66 million years old. The photograph provided a fascinating glimpse into the prehistoric world and showcases the great strides researchers have made in understanding our planet’s evolutionary history.
For those eager to view these remarkable images, a gallery showcasing the winning and runner-up entries is available. From breathtaking landscapes to intricate macro shots, this exhibition promises to captivate the imagination and foster a deeper appreciation for the wonders of our natural world.
As the winners of the BMC Ecology and Evolution image competition are celebrated, it is our hope that these photographs will not only inspire awe but also serve as rallying calls for increased environmental stewardship and conservation efforts worldwide. By recognizing the undeniable beauty found in nature, we are reminded of the urgent need to protect and preserve our planet’s biodiversity for future generations.
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