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Insect photography competition open


The National Insect Week photography competition 2020 launched today on 22 June 2020. Amateur photographers from the UK and around the world can send in their best photograph of an insect or insects until 31 October 2020.

Competition head judge Dr Tim Cockerill from Falmouth University said “We are looking for interesting and beautiful photographs of insects to celebrate insects, the little things that run the world. There are over 24,000 insects in the UK alone, so take your pick!”

The competition has attracted thousands of stunning entries in previous years, and you can see past winners on the National Insect Week website. Entries will be judged by an expert panel:

Dr Tim Cockerill - naturalist, broadcaster and photographer

Nick Baker – naturalist, entomologist and television presenter

Ashleigh Whiffin – entomologist at National Museums Scotland

Lucia Chmurova – entomologist and photographer

The prize categories are 1) Over 18 years old 2) Under 18 years old. There will be a 1st and a 2nd prize winner, and runners-up in each category (Specially Commended, Highly Commended or Commended). Full competition rules on the National Insect Week website, including how to enter.




All National Insect Week enquiries to [email protected] or +44(0)7912180844

National Insect Week

National insect week is a biennual event organised by the Royal Entomological Society to encourage people of all ages to learn more about insects. It is supported by a large number of partner organisations across the UK with interests in the science, natural history and conservation of insects. Find out more at Follow National Insect Week on Twitter at @insectweek or on Facebook at /nationalinsectweek

 Royal Entomological Society

The Royal Entomological Society is one of the oldest entomological societies in the world. Many eminent scientists of the past, including Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, have been fellows. The Society organises regular meetings for insect scientists, as well as hosting international symposia and events for the public. It publishes journals and books as well as identification guides. It has fellows and members all over the world. The aim of the Society is “the improvement and diffusion of entomological science”. Did You Know?

Use of RES Images

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Did you know?

Mosquito senses

Mosquitoes sense human skin volatiles, these vary between people so some of us are bitten more than others.

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