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Compound Eye Readers’ Best Science and Nature Photographs of 2012

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I asked for your best Science/Nature images of the year, and wow. Just, wow. The talent that came in exceeded my expectations. You guys are tremendous!

Below, in no particular order, are links to all participants’ selections. If you’ve got a “Best of 2012″ gallery you’d like to include, drop a link in the comments and I’ll add you.

Transparent Water Flea, by Daniel Stoupin

Adrian Thysse

Rick Lieder

Crystal Ernst

Daniel Stoupin

Africa Gómez

Best of Vildaphotos (via Jeroen Mentens, who maintains his own list)

Paul Sparks

Michael Marlow

“Down in Front”, Venus traverses the sun, by Al Denelsbeck

Maxim Piessen

Oscar Blanco

Clay Bolt

Jessica Rosenkrantz

Shahbaz Nihal

Neil Losin & Day’s Edge Productions

Todd Pierson

Sleeping Bee, by Nicky Bay

Ted MacRae

Theresa Svoboda

Lea Shell

Andrés Sánchez

John Platt

Josh Kouri

Team Hartmann

Dave Stone

Ring-Neck Snake, by Bill Tyler

Morgan Jackson

Bob Skinner

Matt Cole

Lee Jaszlics

Harlan Ratcliff

Steve Snyder

Stephane De Greef

John Beetham

Nate Dappen photographs an Ibiza Wall Lizard, by Day's Edge Productions

James Waters

Meredith Mahoney

Alex Surcica <— epic field guide!

Guillaume Dauphin

Todd Dreyer

Paul Krusche

Chris Wirth

Brian Cutting

Stick Insect on a Pin, by Adrian Thysse

Bill Tyler

The Bug Chicks

Bernardo Cesare

Hannele Luhtasela

Al Denelsbeck

Matt Bertone

Nicky Bay

Mike Lewinski (time-lapse video)

Peridotite, by Bernardo Cesare

Chris Goforth

UK Wildlife

Andreas Kay

Barbara Vance

Alan Hill

Tom Houslay

Steven Schwartzman


Alex Wild About the Author: Alex Wild is Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studies the evolutionary history of ants. In 2003 he founded a photography business as an aesthetic complement to his scientific work, and his natural history photographs appear in numerous museums, books and media outlets. Follow on Twitter @myrmecos.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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  1. 1. DragonflyWoman 10:55 pm 12/31/2012

    I’d love to be added to the list! I was a little later than everyone else getting this up:

    Awesome list Alex! So glad you did this.

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  2. 2. watermelonpunch 3:13 pm 01/1/2013

    Oh my, the spider links should really have warnings! ha ha ha ha!! Some are TOO good!! ^^ eeeep

    My best bugs are nowhere near as impressive as most of these spectacular photos…
    But I’ve really come to appreciate bugs this past year.

    Thanks for the compilation!

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  3. 3. Huub de Waard 11:10 am 01/3/2013

    Hello Alex,

    I would appreciate to be added to the list. My best pictures can be found at

    Kind Regards,


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  4. 4. andres.snchz 11:22 am 01/3/2013

    Thanks for the list, is awesome!

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  5. 5. VisualDelights 7:31 am 01/13/2013

    And I’d appreciate your adding the compilation at the blog Portraits of Wildflowers:


    Link to this
  6. 6. dogear6 10:50 pm 01/18/2013

    I’m a little late to the party, but here are my 2012 Best Nature Photos:


    Link to this

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