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.
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
Beatrice Filippi, Royal Society (Mar 2017), £15,000
Jamie Johnston, Royal Society (Mar 2017), £15,000
Tom Bennett, 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
Richard Bayliss, Cancer Research UK (Jan 2017), £1,600,000
John Barr, EU (Jan 2017), £339,000
Mark Harris, Royal Society (Jan 2017), £250,000
Alison Dunn, NERC (Jan 2017), £105,000
Alex Breeze, Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (Jan 2017), £180,000
Alison Dunn, NERC (Dec 2016), £18,000
Lisa Collins, BBSRC (Dec 2016), £1,681,835
Brendan Davies, Leverhulme Trust (Dec 2016), £247,555
Alan Benson, Mark Drinkhill, Ed White, British Heart Foundaion (Dec 2016), £217,223
Adrian Goldman, Royal Society (Dec 2016), £82,999
Lisa Roberts, Alex Breeze, Brendan Davies, Timothy Devinney, Oliver Harlen, Joseph Holden, Anthea Hucklesby, Pamela Jones, Philip Mellor, RCUK (Nov 2016), £484,172
Lisa Roberts, Alex Breeze, Brendan Davies, Timothy Devinney, Oliver Harlen, Joseph Holden, Anthea Hucklesby, Pamela Jones, Philip Mellor, Wellcome Trust (Nov 2016), £119,343
Katie Field, Rank Prize Funds (Nov 2016), £20,000
Jessica Kwok, Royal Society (Nov 2016), £14,948
John Ladbury, Cancer Research UK (Oct 2016), £4,250
Miriam Wittmann, Martin Stacey, Edward Vital, Lupus UK
(Oct 2016), £34,010
Valerie Speirs, NC3Rs
(Oct 2016), £90,000
Nicola Stonehouse, Morgan Herod, David Rowlands, BBSRC
(Sep 2016), £436,424
Joseph Cockburn, Wellcome Trust
(Sep 2016), £100,000
John Barr, Public Health England
(Sep 2016), £94,471
Helen Miller, DSM Nutritional Products A/S
(Sep 2016), £54,680
Steven Clapcote, Vitaflo International Ltd
(Sep 2016), £39,285
Juan Fontana Jordan De Urries
, Royal Society
(Sep 2016), £21,793
Jing Li, Sarah Calaghan, Mark Drinkhill, British Heart Foundation
(Sep 2016), £117,585
Sheena Radford, Alison Ashcroft, BBSRC (Sep 2016), £457,216
Patricija Van Oosten-Hawle, An-Jung Chen, David Westhead, NC3Rs
(Sep 2016), £354,456
Glyn Hemsworth, BBSRC (Sep 2016), £1,024,034