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Society of Biology Photography Award 2014

From rural life in India to a chick growing inside its embryo and a sea turtle eating a purple jellyfish, the Society of Biology has released their stunning photography competition shortlist. This year’s theme of Home, Habitat and Shelter drew almost 800 entries from amateur photographers competing to win the top prizes of £1,000 for over-18s and £500 for younger participants. The organisers encouraged photographers to “think creatively about the unique ways animals, plants and organisms exploit their environment in order to survive”. Photographic insights into biodiversity, genetic diversity and conversation issues were encouraged, as were pieces using light microscope techniques to explore the theme from another angle.

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“A Shelter Designed by Nature”. Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines: A shelter designed by nature by Robert Cabagnot. (Photo and caption by Robert Cabagnot/UK Society of Biology Photography Award 2014)

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Alaskan Ice Cave

“This photographer is walking on thin ice after taking stunning photographs inside an Alaskan ice cave that could collapse at any moment. With it’s dazzling turquoise walls and and huge open spaces, it’s hard to imagine that this incredible frozen cavern was only formed at the beginning of 2012. But despite it’s seemingly mystical allure, the fascinating natural phenomena is at risk of collapsing in on itself without warning. Photographed by ice caver, Ron Gile, 55, the adventurer has known many caves collapse and disappear in his eight years exploring the local area”. – Caters News

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A friend of Ron Gile holding up a red road flare inside the amazing Alaskan ice cave. (Photo by Ron Gile/Caters News)

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36 Years of China’s “One Child” Policy

168 36 Years of Chinas “One Child” Policy
Cai Hua, who was born in 1979, poses for a photograph in Shanghai August 30, 2014. Hua said: “I wish I had a sister. I prefer to have a sister rather than a brother. I have a lot of friends who have a brother and they usually fight with each other. I think it would be very funny but I would prefer to have a sister”. Reuters Photographer Carlos Barria photographed a person born in each year China’s one child policy has been in existence; from a man born in 1979, to a baby born in 2014, and asked them if they would have like to have siblings. China, the world’s most populous country with nearly 1.4 billion people, says the country’s one-child policy has averted 400 million births since 1980, saving scarce food resources and helping to pull families out of poverty. Couples violating the policy have had to pay a fine, or in some cases have been forced to undergo abortions. But late last year, China said it would allow millions of families to have two children, part of a plan to raise fertility rates and ease the financial burden on a rapidly ageing population. (Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters)

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Highline Festival in Monte Piana: Hammocks Miles above Ground

167 Highline Festival in Monte Piana: Hammocks Miles above Ground

Doesn’t taking a nap in a hammock outdoors sound lovely? Perhaps not when you’re hanging in the air, thousands of feet above ground, between two mountains in the Italian Alps! Which is exactly what these adventurous folks did during the International Highline Meeting in Monte Piana, Italy.

For this stunt a special highline set up was rigged which could carry the weight of all the people on the line at the same time. In total there were 22 in 16 hammocks on the main line. The line was around 50m above the ground and 50m in distance. The whole action lasted around 2 hours and the people involved were highline athletes attending on the festival. The action took place at around 2200 – 2400 m.a.s.l. and most of the people stayed up on the mountain during the whole festival for a whole week. (Photos by Sebastian Wahlhuetter Photography)

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Red Sprite Lightning – Explosions in the Sky

“Sprites are large-scale electrical discharges that occur high above thunderstorm clouds, or cumulonimbus, giving rise to a quite varied range of visual shapes flickering in the night sky. They are triggered by the discharges of positive lightning between an underlying thundercloud and the ground. Sprites appear as luminous reddish-orange flashes. They often occur in clusters within the altitude range 50–90 km (31–56 mi) above the Earth’s surface. Sporadic visual reports of sprites go back at least to 1886, but they were first photographed on July 6, 1989 by scientists from the University of Minnesota and have subsequently been captured in video recordings many thousands of times. Sprites are sometimes inaccurately called upper-atmospheric lightning. However, sprites are cold plasma phenomena that lack the hot channel temperatures of tropospheric lightning, so they are more akin to fluorescent tube discharges than to lightning discharges”. – Wikipedia

524 Red Sprite Lightning – Explosions in the Sky

These spectacular pictures show the incredible moment a rare natural phenomenon happens in the night sky. Red sprite lightning lasts only a millisecond and takes place high above a tunderstorm cloud.The breathtaking flashes of light are caused by huge electrical discharges of lightning in the sky. Marko Korosec, 32, was lucky enough to catch these sprites on camera after months of trying. Mr Korosec, from Sezana in Slovenia, took the shots whilst he was following storms in Vivaro, Italy. (Photo by Marko Korosec/Solent News/SIPA Press)

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Venezuela’s Surreal Prices

157 Venezuelas Surreal Prices
A box of 36 coloured pencils as photographed in a studio with an illustrative price tag of $115 (US dollars), equivalent to the Bs. 725 (bolivars) that it costs on average to purchase in Caracas at the official exchange rate of 6.3 bolivars per dollar, in Caracas September 29, 2014. Venezuela’s economic crisis has led to some shocking and surreal price distortions that hit people’s buying power dramatically. While the government of President Nicolas Maduro calls the country’s minimum wage of Bs. 4,252 the highest in the region when converted to $675 using the official exchange rate, the galloping black market for currency considers it as just $42.50 when converted at the street rate of Bs. 100 per US dollar, the rate which many importers and retail outlets must use to acquire hard currency. Venezuela’s annual inflation rate of more than 63 percent is the highest in the Americas, according to official statistics. (Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

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Zombie Walk in New Jersey

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Revellers take part in a Zombie Walk in Asbury Park, New Jersey October 4, 2014. Thousands of revellers met in Asbury park to attempt to break the Guinness World Record of the largest zombie gathering in the world and raise awareness for brain cancer. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

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Photographer Scott Chasserot Shows How Brain Scans Can Reveal Our Ideal Self-Image

147 Photographer Scott Chasserot Shows How Brain Scans Can Reveal Our Ideal Self Image

In a new project called Original Ideal, photographer Scott Chasserot combines brainwave scanners, image editing, and human psychology. Through a series of carefully-derived photo manipulation and brain scanning processes, Chasserot hopes to capture a glimpse of his subjects’ ideal self-images.

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Transparent Bridge in China

146 Transparent Bridge in China

If you thought the glass cliff pathway was terrifying, wait until you see this.

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2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, Week 4

140 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest, Week 4
“When I’m Old…” When I’m old and looking back on my daughter as a little girl, this is how I hope to remember her. The joy, the curious eyes, and the freckles that seem to go on forever. Photo location: Wilmington, NC. (Photo and caption by Mike Melnotte/National Geographic Photo Contest)

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Nimbus, a 2-Month Old Clouded Leopard Cub

139 Nimbus, a 2 Month Old Clouded Leopard Cub

Nimbus, the 2 month old clouded leopard cub, who was hand reared at the home of curator Jamie Craig. Photographed sitting in her hammock at Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford, Oxfordshire, UK on September 2014. Jamie Craig the curator of the Cotswold Wildlife park has hand reared the baby clouded leopard in his family bathroom after he was rejected by his mother. Now two months old Nimbus is been fed a cat milk replacement diet by bottle and is given soft toys to play with. It is hoped that the leopard will re-join others at the park and eventually join their breeding program. (Photo by SWNS/ABACAPress)

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“Take My Lightning But Don’t Steal My Thunder”

138 “Take My Lightning But Dont Steal My Thunder”
An installation entitled “Take my lightning but don’t steal my thunder” by British artist Alex Chinneck stands in Covent Garden on October 2, 2014 in London, England. The installation is intended to cast the illusion that a 40-foot section of the Covent Garden’s 184-year old market building is floating. “Take my lightning but don’t steal my thunder” will be on display from 2nd to 24th October 2014. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

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NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar

137 NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar

New York to photograph some of the city’s best-humored taxi drivers. These drivers put a face to one of the most dedicated workforces in NYC, driving day and night to transport New Yorkers and our guests alike. This year’s calendar features three returning All-Stars and 10 new drivers, and debuts our first ever husband and wife driving duo.

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“The Walking Dead” Season 5 Premiere

135 “The Walking Dead” Season 5 Premiere
A general view of atmosphere at the season five premiere of “The Walking Dead” at AMC Universal Citywalk on Thursday, October 2, 2014, in Universal City, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for AMC/AP Images)

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Magazine Store by Farhad Moshiri

126 Magazine Store by Farhad Moshiri

Farhad Moshiri, an Iranian artist working a lot with carpet media using it as a mean to joke about consumerism culture, was one of the participants of the group show Love Me Love Me Not of Yarat! pavilion curate by Dina Nasser-Khadivi (read on her curating Lalla Essaydi’s Harem here) at Venice 2013 Art Biennial. The installation consists of more than 500 carpets depicting celebrities-covered magazines from all over the world.

“In our globalized world the Magazine Store or Kiosk de Press is where the opinions of the collective are commodified and force-led. It is the autoportrait of our society, the Cabine de Curiosité of our culture.”

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