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Charles Darwin Photography

December 14th 2009 01:19
The incredible variation of life forms across our planet inspired Charles Darwin to devise his theory of natural selection. This biodiversity is celebrated each year with the Darwin photographic competition. As reported in The Guardian, below are this year's winners. Read the full article here.

darwin photography competition winner - frog
Overall winner: Tree Frog by Simon Roberts
'A small tree frog posing on some lichen. Very cute little fella, only an inch and a half in size'

biology photography - oran utan
Orang-utan Contemplating Invertebrate Life by Dr Susan M Cheyne
'As part of an ongoing ape behavioural research and conservation project, I was following this wild adult male who was starting to develop cheek pads. As he moved towards a tree in fruit, a dragonfly flew past at eye level; he paused to watch its flight before slowly moving on'

darwin evolution animal pictures - garden spider
Deadly Love by Michael Hin
'A male garden spider (Araneus diadematus) approaches a female in an attempt to mate with her. His attempt was unsuccessful, she killed him shortly after this and wrapped him in silk'

Crocodile Fish - Natural Selection
Crocodile Fish by Richard Hutchinson
'Exploring the Sulawesi Seas I discovered a beautifully camouflaged crocodile fish. In awe and admiration, I felt compelled to immortalise it'

white crab spider with bumblebee
Bee Meets His Maker by Tim Protheroe
'A white crab spider (Thomisus spectabilis) sucking the juices out of an unfortunate bumblebee (Bombus terrestris). This may seem odd because the spider is white and the lavender is purple but the bee can only see in ultraviolet and from the bees eyes the spider is perfectly camouflaged'

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