A sloth crossing the road and monkeys munching on McDonald's are some of the year's best nature photos

Andrew Whitworth/British Ecological Society‘Why did the sloth cross the road?’ by Andrew Whitworth.

Animals – they’re just like us, according to the winning and highly commended pictures from the British Ecological Society‘s annual photography competition which show them doing surprisingly human-like things.

“Capturing Ecology,” as the photography competition is known, features 15 prize-winning images capturing nature in all its glory around the world, and 15 highly commended runners-up.

The winning images will be exhibited at the Society’s annual conference in Belfast from December 10 to 13. They will also be displayed at a free exhibition at Ulster Museum beginning February 11, 2020.

Here are the prize-winning images and runners-up.


Overall winner: “Red night” by Roberto García Roa

Roberto García Roa/British Ecological Society‘Red night’ by Roberto García Roa.

Overall Runner Up: “Autumn texture” by Mikhail Kapychka

Mikhail Kapychka/British Ecological Society‘Autumn texture’ by Mikhail Kapychka

Overall student winner: “Flames in fumes” by Nilanjan Chatterjee

Nilanjan Chatterjee/British Ecological Society‘Flames in flumes’ by Nilanjan Chatterjee.

Individuals and Populations category winner: “Sleeping still” by Felix Fornoff

Felix Fornoff/British Ecological Society‘Sleeping still’ by Felix Fornoff.

Individuals and Populations student winner: “Watchful” by Khristian V. Valencia

Khristian V. Valencia/British Ecological Society‘Watchful’ by Khristian V. Valencia.

Dynamic Ecosystems category winner: “Small warrior” by Roberto García Roa

Roberto García Roa/British Ecological Society‘Small warrior’ by Roberto García Roa.

Dynamic Ecosystems student winner: “Are you seeing the same as me?” by Pablo Javier Merlo

Pablo Javier Merlo/British Ecological Society‘Are you seeing the same as me?’ by Pablo Javier Merlo.

Up Close and Personal category winner: “Fluorescence” by Roberto García Roa

Roberto García Roa/British Ecological Society‘Fluorescence’ by Roberto García Roa.

Up Close and Personal student winner: “Harlequin” by Khristian V. Valencia

Khristian V. Valencia/British Ecological Society‘Harlequin’ by Khristian V. Valencia.

People and Nature category winner: “Why did the sloth cross the road?” by Andrew Whitworth

Andrew Whitworth/British Ecological Society‘Why did the sloth cross the road?’ by Andrew Whitworth.

People and nature student winner: “Thawing away” by Gergana Daskalova

Gergana Daskalova/British Ecological Society‘Thawing away’ by Gergana Daskalova.

Ecology in Action category winner: “The Rhino’s Annual Haircut” by Molly Penny

Molly Penny/British Ecological Society‘The Rhino’s Annual Haircut’ by Molly Penny.

Ecology in Action student winner: “Capturing tundra vegetation change” by Gergana Daskalova

Gergana Daskalova/British Ecological Society‘Capturing tundra vegetation change’ by Gergana Daskalova.

The Art of Ecology category winner: “For the love of flamingos” by Peter Hudson

Peter Hudson/British Ecological Society‘For the love of flamingos’ by Peter Hudson.

The Art of Ecology student winner: “Teeny tiny world” by Sanne Govaert

Sanne Govaert/British Ecological Society‘Teeny tiny world’ by Sanne Govaert.

Dynamic Ecosystems highly commended: “Battle in the undergrowth” by Ben Goodheart

Ben Goodheart/British Ecological Society‘Battle in the undergrowth’ by Ben Goodheart.

Dynamic Ecosystems highly commended: “Iceland’s lady” by Hannah Westhenry

Hannah Westhenry/British Ecological Society‘Iceland’s lady’ by Hannah Westhenry.

Up Close and Personal highly commended: “A stab in the dark” by Ed Hall

Ed Hall/British Ecological Society‘A stab in the dark’ by Ed Hall

Up Close and Personal highly commended: “A glass frog blending in” by Emilie Ellis

Emilie Ellis/British Ecological Society‘A glass frog blending in’ by Emilie Ellis.

The Art of Ecology highly commended: “Movement or not” by Roberto García Roa

Roberto García Roa/British Ecological Society‘Movement or not’ by Roberto García Roa.

The Art of Ecology highly commended: “Misty crater lake” by Tessa Driessen

Tessa Driessen/British Ecological Society‘Misty crater lake’ by Tessa Driessen.

The Art of Ecology highly commended: “Green life” by Veronica Nava

Veronica Nava/British Ecological Society‘Green life’ by Veronica Nava

People and Nature highly commended: “A side of fries” by Nigel Taylor

Nigel Taylor/British Ecological Society‘A side of fries’ by Nigel Taylor.

People and Nature highly commended: “I don’t think I will need those fishing lines to catch my food” by Andrea Parisi

Andrea Parisi/British Ecological Society‘I don’t think I will need those fishing lines to catch my food’ by Andrea Parisi.

People and Nature highly commended: “One peregrine to eat them all” by Gergana Daskalova

Gergana Daskalova/British Ecological Society‘One peregrine to eat them all’ by Gergana Daskalova.

Individuals and Populations highly commended: “Bringing up bee remains” by Peter Hudson

Peter Hudson/British Ecological Society‘Bringing up bee remains’ by Peter Hudson.

Individuals and Populations highly commended: “Cooperation” by Roberto García Roa

Roberto García Roa/British Ecological Society‘Cooperation’ by Roberto García Roa.

Individuals and Populations highly commended: “Sleeping beauty” by Katherine Mullin

Katherine Mullin/British Ecological Society‘Sleeping beauty’ by Katherine Mullin.

Individuals and Populations highly commended: “Bringing the bacon home” by Peter Hudson

Peter Hudson/British Ecological Society‘Bringing the bacon home’ by Peter Hudson.

Individuals and Populations highly commended: “Do I know you?” by Ellie Kent

Ellie Kent/British Ecological Society‘Do I know you?’ by Ellie Kent

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