We allowed entries from previous years as we recognised that, due to lockdown restrictions in 2020, photo opportunities were limited. Everyone at APEM had the chance to contribute by voting for the monthly winners, creating a shortlist of 12. Our friends at design agency Future then had the challenging task of choosing the overall winner for 2020. Thank you for your help Future!

And the Photo of the Year is ….

hiding fish

The winner is Parablennius Gattorugine by Matthew Boa, senior consultant.

Congratulations Matt! The judges chose this image as they thought it was an unusual subject, and also a great example of macro photography (from a technical point of view).

The judges were all impressed with the shortlist. They narrowed it down to these four before picking the overall winner.

photo shortlist

Monthly winners

Below are the monthly winners as chosen by APEM staff who all made the shortlist. All our monthly winners will be featured on our social media channels throughout 2021.

January

Beam Trawl by Stephen Smith, freshwater team.

beam trawl at sunset

February

Mersea by Søren Pears, senior marine taxonomist.

beach huts

March

Blue Tit by Lorna Rowe, terrestrial ecologist.

blue tit feeding from hand

April

Parablennius Gattorugine by Matthew Boa, senior consultant.

hiding fish

May

Roe Deer by Nick Kneebone, technical specialist.

roe deer

June

Brecon Beacons by Jennifer Gibson, marine ecological consultant.

conifer plantation

July

Coate Country Water Park by Elen Stahl, consultant freshwater scientist.

swan on lake

August

Old Harry’s Rocks by Matthew Boa, senior consultant.

Old Harry's Rocks

September

Old Salen Pier by Matthew Boa, senior consultant.

Old Salen Pier

October

Humpback Whale by Abi Goulding, ornithology consultant.

humpback whale

 

November

Goodrich by Elen Stahl, consultant freshwater scientist.

rainbow sunset

December

Spiderweb by Søren Pears, senior marine taxonomist.

frozen spiderweb

Congratulations to all the winners!  The standard was high this year and we look forward to seeing this year’s entries! You can see more of our staff photography on APEM’s Instagram.