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Winning Photographs 2014

© Jose Ramos, II, (Philippines)

Warming up, the light giver, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

Warming up, the light giver, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Lucia Chmurova, (East Yorkshire, United Kingdom)

Blend in to survive, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

Blend in to survive, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Denise Bishop, (Essex, United Kingdom)

Warming up, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

Warming up, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Adam Poledníček (Cornwall, United Kingdom)

My annoying housemate, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

My annoying housemate, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Narayan Patel, (Gujarat, India)

Grasshopper nymphs, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

Grasshopper nymphs, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Shelley Barkley, (Alberta, Canada)

Tachinid fly, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

Tachinid fly, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Rory Morrisey, (Bedfordshire, United Kingdom)

A snout of distinction, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

A snout of distinction, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Bob Eade, (East Sussex, United Kingdom)

Mayfly, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

Mayfly, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Peter Sabol, (Croatia)

Zerynthia polyxena wing, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

Zerynthia polyxena wing, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Paul Giles (Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom)

Migrant hawker, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

Migrant hawker, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Martin Smith, (Haskovo, Bulgaria)

Longhorn beetle (close-up), Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

Longhorn beetle (close-up), Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Peter Paul Smith, (Warwickshire, England)

Acorn weevil (Curculio glandium) on a stem of grass, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

Acorn weevil (Curculio glandium) on a stem of grass, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Richard Davies, (Suffolk, United Kingdom)

‘Jeff Goldblum lookalike’ (unidentified fly), Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

‘Jeff Goldblum lookalike’ (unidentified fly), Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Mrs Iuliana Dediu (Brăila, Romania)

Soldier, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

Soldier, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© David William Harris, (Northamptonshire, United Kingdom)

Banded demoiselle, male, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautul category

Banded demoiselle, male, Commended in 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautul category
© Dr Tim Cockerill - (East Yorkshire, United Kingdom)

Striking a pose, Specially Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

Striking a pose, Specially Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Beverley Brouwer (The Netherlands)

Dromedarius, Specially Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

Dromedarius, Specially Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Kerry-Ann van Eeden (Perth, Australia)

Male feather-horned beetle, Specially Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

Male feather-horned beetle, Specially Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Peter Sabol, (Croatia)

Anax imperator eye, Second Prize 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

Anax imperator eye, Second Prize 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Dr Tim Cockerill (East Yorkshire, United Kingdom)

Wallace’s Cyriopalus beetle (Cyriopalus wallacei), First Prize 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

Wallace’s Cyriopalus beetle (Cyriopalus wallacei), First Prize 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Jose Ramos, II

Alone in the dark, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Alone in the dark, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Beni Arisandi (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Mate, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Mate, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Claire Waring, (Northamptonshire, United Kingdom)

A katydid completes its moult, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

A katydid completes its moult, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Claire Waring, (Northamptonshire, United Kingdom)

Even educated weevils do it! Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Even educated weevils do it! Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Dr Tom Houslay, (Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom)

Parental care, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Parental care, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© João Petronilho (Portugal)

Resting time, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Resting time, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Dr Anthony Cooper (Leicestershire, United Kingdom)

Large rose sawfly laying eggs, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive

Large rose sawfly laying eggs, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive
© Adam Poledníček (Cornwall, United Kingdom)

Sleeping Nomada, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insect Alive category

Sleeping Nomada, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insect Alive category
© Adam Poledníček (Cornwall, United Kingdom)

Lunchtime, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Lunchtime, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Rabin Chakrabarti (India)

Male blue tiger butterfly with tiger moth caterpillar on Crotalaria pods, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Male blue tiger butterfly with tiger moth caterpillar on Crotalaria pods, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Dr Ann Mills (Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom)

Coupled blue-tailed damselflies, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Coupled blue-tailed damselflies, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Brian Pearson (Staffordshire, United Kingdom)

Five-spot burnet (Zygaena trifolii) feeding on buttercup, Commended 2014 Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Five-spot burnet (Zygaena trifolii) feeding on buttercup, Commended 2014 Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Brian Pearson (Saffordshire, United Kingdom)

I see you, I have eyes in the back of my head, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

I see you, I have eyes in the back of my head, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Icy Ho (Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom)

The Alamo! Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

The Alamo! Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Beverley Brouwer (The Netherlands)

New coat, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

New coat, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Beverley Brouwer (The Netherlands)

Family planning, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Family planning, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Bob Eade, (East Sussex, United Kingdom)

Marbled whites mating, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Marbled whites mating, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Peter Sabol, (Croatia)

Orthetrum cancellatum dragonflies mating, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Orthetrum cancellatum dragonflies mating, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Dipesh Bhatt (Gujarat, India)

Honeymoon on flower, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Honeymoon on flower, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Paul Giles (Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom)

Reed beetle preening, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Reed beetle preening, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Kerry-Ann van Eeden (Perth, Australia)

Cuckoo wasp laying an egg, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Cuckoo wasp laying an egg, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Richard Davies, (Suffolk, United Kingdom)

Small white feeding, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Small white feeding, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Parameswaran Pillai Karunakaran (Kerala, India)

Small paper wasp building nest, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Small paper wasp building nest, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Nick Milsum (New Zealand)

Well captured, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Well captured, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Liz Pearson, (Florida, USA)

My annoying housemate, Commended in the 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

My annoying housemate, Commended in the 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Mr Nick Milsum (New Zealand)

Multi-tasking, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Multi-tasking, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Liz Pearson, USA

Life in the lilypads, Specially Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive

Life in the lilypads, Specially Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive
© Narayan Patel, Gujarat, India

Ready! Specially Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Ready! Specially Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Adam Poledníček

Manganese drill bit, Specially Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Manganese drill bit, Specially Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Keith Pursall

Fire and brimstone! Specially Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive

Fire and brimstone! Specially Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive
© Dr Anthony Cooper

Sawflies eating a birch leaf, Second Prize 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Sawflies eating a birch leaf, Second Prize 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Mr Peter Sabol, (Croatia)

Damselflies mating, First Prize 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Damselflies mating, First Prize 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category
© Marc Brouwer

Close up of damselfly eyes in Genemuiden, Netherlands. Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category

Close up of damselfly eyes in Genemuiden, Netherlands. Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Small is Beautiful category
© Tim Withall

Four-spotted chaser dragonfly sparring with broad-bodied chaser dragonfly, Winsor, New Forest UK, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Four-spotted chaser dragonfly sparring with broad-bodied chaser dragonfly, Winsor, New Forest UK, Commended 2014 NIW Photography Competition Insects Alive category

Did you know?

Most bizarre use

The wart biter cricket has such a powerful bite, that it was used to bite off warts – ouch!

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