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"Star Trails over Aoraki" © Lee Jaszlics

A few days ago I asked you to submit your best Nature & Science images from the past year, and wow- you did not disappoint!

Below, in no particular order, are links to all participants’ selections. If you have a “Best of 2013″ gallery and wish to be added, drop a link in the comments.


Tom Houslay

Jack Owicki

Sarah Boon

Ted MacRae

Bryan Reynolds

"Scorpion fluorescing under UV illumination" © Jack Owicki

Talbot Brooks

Robley Hood

Devon Jerothe

Hadel Go

Nash Turley

"A Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) sits on a submerged tree trunk in a bog at sunset." © Clay Bolt

Nicky Bay

João Burini

John Beetham

Candace Lynn

Bill Rockenbeck

Troy Shantz

"Small Tortoiseshell" © Matt Cole

John Troiani

Kathy Keatley Garvey

Thomas Shahan

Andy Warren

Gil Wizen

Meredith Mahoney

"An Atlantic sharpnose shark immediately before release" - RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program © Frank Gibson

Kimberly Hosey

UK Wildlife 1 & UK Wildlife 2

RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program

Oscar Antonio Blanco

Dave Stone

"Lucilia sp." © Oscar Antonio Blanco

Rick Lieder

Todd Pierson

Great Blue Herons

David Orr

Riccardo Polini

Clay Bolt

untitled, from Zen Mind, Material World ©

Zestin Soh

Vincent Fung

Sean McCann

Chris Goforth

Daniel Dye

"Turtle survey at Comal Springs, TX" © Danté Fenolio

Matt Bertone

Guarav

Matt Cole

Adrian Thysse

Seth Burgess

untitled, © John Troiani

Brian Cutting

Dave Huth

Dante Fenolio

Zen Mind, Material World

Brian Silverman

"Planthopper nymph (Fulgoromorpha) displaying an explosive butt" © Nicky Bay

Alan Kotok

Margarethe Brummermann

Lee Jaszlics

Singapore Nature

Chris Helzer

"Cottonwood leaves. The Nature Conservancy’s Kelly Tract, Nebraska." © Chris Helzer

Daniel Stoupin (with backstory)

Adam Blake

Derek Hauffe

Tom Astle

Walter Sanford

 

"Bee Beard: Polish bee scientist Jakub Gabka" © Kathy Keatley Garvey

Alex Wild About the Author: Alex Wild is an Illinois-based entomologist who 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.

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  1. 1. OscarBlanco 1:55 pm 12/31/2013

    Thanks for including my work Alex! :)

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  2. 2. Bee Photog 3:47 pm 12/31/2013

    I’ve posted on Flickr some of my favorite images of 2013 that appeared on my Bug Squad blog:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pho-tog/sets/72157639243154714/

    I write the Bug Squad blog nightly, Monday through Friday, at http://ucanr.edu/blogs/bugsquad/index.cfm. Commitment: Never missed a nightly post since August 6, 2008.

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  3. 3. anatotitan 6:12 pm 12/31/2013

    This is fantastic – wish I’d seen the original call! Here is my best-of collection at Flickr.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/anatotitan/sets/72157639250311373/

    Link to this
  4. 4. gentle lemur 6:42 pm 12/31/2013

    Breathtaking images! They put my best shots this year to shame. Well done to all.

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  5. 5. gaurav1729 7:47 pm 12/31/2013

    Wonderful! Here’s my list of best arthropod photos of 2013 (okay, there’s one bird photo too): http://mescapes.wordpress.com/best-arthropods-of-2013/ . Hope you like them.

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  6. 6. BrianTC 4:48 am 01/1/2014

    Another year already? Great collection as usual – fun to watch so many people developing such talent. A bit of a slow photography/blogging year for me but here is my offering: http://www.briancutting.com/2014/01/favourites-of-2013.html

    Link to this
  7. 7. starshade 7:11 am 01/1/2014

    Fantastic collection. I’ve been traveling and missed your very short notice to submit best shots:

    http://www.microworldsphotography.com/Galleries/Macro-of-corals

    The gallery isn’t titles “best shots 2013,” but all images were taken in 2013 and I only uploaded my best ones there )

    Sorry for double post

    Link to this
  8. 8. DerekHauffe 9:02 pm 01/1/2014

    Thanks for the inclusion, Alex! Happy new year :)

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  9. 9. Techuser 10:40 am 01/2/2014

    I’ve just put up mine, everything (except two birds from uk) shot in the atlantic forest, like always

    http://primalshutter.com/gallery/best-of-2013/

    Link to this
  10. 10. artimony 8:28 pm 01/2/2014

    Thanks Alex!

    Link to this
  11. 11. tcmacrae 1:40 pm 01/4/2014

    I went through all of these, and there are some amazing insect photographers out there. I have much to learn (still!!!) but have found new inspiration in several of them who seem to be proficient at techniques I’d like to get better at.

    Alex – check the link to Alan Kotok, when I tried it led to the previous entry (Brian Silverman).

    Link to this

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