An underwater snapshot of tadpoles apparently flying across a bright blue sky has received the 1st spot in the very first Royal Society Publishing photography contest, introduced to celebrate the power of photography to pass along science.
Bert Willaert, a scientist and photographer, captured the winning shot when he was snorkeling in a canal in his native Belgium.
Bert, who is an environmental adviser and a biologist of amphibian evolution, told that clear water is hard to come across in the part of Belgium where he lives, as a consequence of eutrophication. Algae grow from the nutrients washed down the drains in sewage and detergents, clouding the waters as well as choking other oxygen-dependent life. When he noticed these tadpoles in the crystal-clear canal he wanted to have the opportunity encounter from their perspective.
He told that the underwater world is just accessed by a limited number of people, and snorkeling in the fresh water in Belgium he was really surprised by the silence and the beautiful scenery. To preserve the natural world, he believes that drawing attention to the beauty of these ordinary moments in their own neighborhoods, including their own backyards, is primarily very important. He believes that people would only conserve things when they know it exists. People do not snorkel in their own garden pond.
His snapshot was selected from over1000 pictures by a judging panel of expert scientists that includes Professor Alex Badyaev, who has been the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award several times.