For the second year running, ecologist Ute Bradter won first prize - worth £750 - for Pecking Order, her extraordinary photograph of a group of African white-backed vultures (
) squabbling for dominance over a dead buffalo in South Africa's Krüger National Park.
Another Leeds PhD student, Nisha Owen, won the Whole Organism category of the competition - and £40 in book tokens - for her image of an Indian leopard and her cub relaxing in a tree to escape the midday heat in South India's Bandipur National Park.
Both images will be on show at the University of Leeds during the BES Annual Meeting from 7-9 September 2010 as part of
- an exhibition of stunning photographs from the BES photographic competition.
Talking about her winning entry, Ute says: "The sheer size of the birds when they spread their wings in their attempts to dominate the dinner table was astonishing. The most impressive scenes, like the one in this picture, were only brief and I am glad to have captured this fleeting moment on camera to fully appreciate it.
"I took the picture in October last year in Krüger National Park, South Africa. We came across two buffaloes killed by three young male lions the afternoon before. Two lions were lying in the shade by the remains of one buffalo, the other lion lay on guard nearby by the second and almost untouched carcass.
"We saw several vultures behind the bushes keeping a respectful distance. As the morning wore on and the air warmed up, the lion on buffalo watch duty joined the other two in the shade. Slowly the vultures approached the now unattended buffalo. Occasionally, a lion would charge and scatter the vultures before rejoining his companions in the shade.
"It had been very dry in Krüger for some time and the fleeing vultures kicked up a lot of dust which transformed the landscape into a red-tinted black and whitish picture. As time wore on, the lions seemed to become more and more reluctant to drag their heavy bellies up for a run in the heat. It did not take long for the vultures to pile in and the squabbling, fighting and bickering amongst them began in earnest."
Ute is doing a PhD at the University of Leeds, working on breeding waders in the Yorkshire Dales. She is looking at habitat information at different spatial scales and how this information can be used in models of species distribution and abundance to get more accurate predictions. Ute studied biology in Germany, completing a thesis on bird ecology and then worked for 10 years in bird research before coming to Leeds.
Open to all BES members, the BES photographic competition attracts more than 100 entries each year. The overall winner receives £750 and the overall runner-up £250. The Student award winner receives £100, and winning entries for each category are exhibited at the BES Annual Meeting and published in the BES Bulletin. Oxford University Press kindly donates £40 book tokens to each category winner and runner up entry who does not receive the overall or overall runner up prize or the student prize.
A full list of winners and low-res images are available
. Any use of low-res images must be credited as copyright of the photographer.
Sarah Calaghan, Ed White, John Colyer, Isuru Jayasinghe, BHF (Jan 2018), £128,308
Christine Foyer, HEFCE GCRF Grant (Jan 2018), £71,158
Alison Baker, HEFCE GCRF Grant (Jan 2018), £2,000
Graham Askew, Simon Walker, BBSRC (Jan 2018), £699,781
Jennifer Tomlinson, Royal Society (Jan 2018), £512,801
Alison Dunn, NERC (Dec 2017), £18,000
Jennifer Tomlinson, Royal Society-Research Fellows Enhancement Award (Dec 2017), £94,681
Helen Miller, AB AGri Grant (Dec 2017), £73,600
Simon Walker, Royal Society Enhancement Award (Dec 2017), £10,000
Carrie Ferguson, Bryan Taylor, Harry Rossiter, The Physiological Society (Dec 2017), £7,392
Ralf Richter, Royal Society (Dec 2017), £6,000
Christine Foyer, British Council Newton Fund (Dec 2017), £49,840
Adrian Whitehouse and colleagues in School of Chemistry and University of Liverpool, MRC (Nov 2017), £622,319
Michelle Peckham, Neil Ransom, MRC (Nov 2017), £495,159
Dave Lewis, British Council India (Nov 2017), £22,540
Elton Zeqiraj, Royal Society (Nov 2017), £15,000
Hannah Dugdale, Royal Society (Nov 2017), £15,000
Shaunna Burke, Cancer Research UK Innovation Grant (Nov 2017), £20,000
Alex O'Neill and colleagues in Chemistry, BBSRC (Nov 2017), £431,865
Jessica Kwok, Wings for Life (Nov 2017), £87,365
Tom Bennett, BBSRC (Oct 2017), £523,679
Neil Ranson, Darren Tomlinson, BBSRC (Oct 2017), £494,318
Nikita Gamper, BBSRC (Oct 2017), £490,426
Amanda Bretman and colleagues from UEA, NERC (Oct 2017), £430,886
Juan Fontana, Rosetrees Trust consumables grant (Oct 2017), £22,500
Helen Miller, DSM Nutritional Products AG (Sep 2017), £69,988
Neil Ranson, Juan Fontana, Mark Harris, Michelle Peckham, Ralf Richter, Peter Stockley, Patricija Van Oosten-Hawle and colleagues in Engineering, FMH and MAPS, Wellcome Trust Equipment Call (Sep 2017), £418,000
Jamie Johnston, Physiological Society (Sep 2017), £10,000
Frank Sobott, Adrian Goldman, Mark Harris, Andrew Macdonald, Stephen Muench, Sheena Radford and colleagues in FMH and MAPS, Wellcome Trust Equipment Call (Aug 2017), £415,000
Ralf Richter, David Brockwell, Eric Hewitt, Jessica Kwok, Emanuele Paci and MAPS/FMH, BBSRC (Jun 2017), £600,000
Eric Blair, Adrian Whitehouse, Nicola Stonehouse, Alison Baker, Richard Bayliss, Joan Boyes, Ryan Seipke, Sally Boxall and MAPS/FMH, BBSRC (Jun 2017), £376,000
Stefan Kepinski, Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso, Tom Bennett, Michelle Peckham, BBSRC (Jun 2017), £331,000
Roman Tuma, Lars Jeuken, Paul Millner, Sheena Radford, Peter Stockley and MAPS/FMH, BBSRC (Jun 2017), £222,000
Vas Ponnambalam, Darren Tomlinson, Stephen Wheatcroft, BHF (May 2017), £107,878
Graham Askew in collaboration with Bangor University, BBSRC (Mar 2017), £477,383
Stephen Muench, BBSRC (Mar 2017), £132,945
Nic Stonehouse, MRC (Mar 2017), £906,341
Bill Kunin, Steve Sait, BBSRC (Mar 2017), £602,831
Adrian Goldman, EU (Mar 2017), £546,576
Sheena Radford, Wellcome Trust (Mar 2017), £1,836,482
Tom Bennett, Royal Society (Mar 2017), £15,000
Beatrice Filippi, Royal Society (Mar 2017), £15,000
Jamie Johnston, Royal Society (Mar 2017), £15,000
Ryan Seipke, BBSRC (Feb 2017), £52,116
Mary O'Connell, BBSRC (Feb 2017), £46,986
Hannah Dugdale, NERC (Feb 2017), £504,138
Anastasia Zhuravleva, EPSRC (Jan 2017), £100,792