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Skillful snaps clinch schools Bug Hunt contest

Skillful snaps clinch schools Bug Hunt contest - 1 August 2013. Emily Clark

Budding photographers showed off their camera skills with a series of bug snaps as part of a BBSRC-sponsored competition.

The young wildlife photographers entered The Great Bug Hunt 2013 photography contest as part of The Great Bug Hunt competition, which aims to get primary school children outside and discover the world of bugs and creepy crawlies that is all around us.

The competition is organised by The Association for Science Education's learning resource site schoolscience.co.uk and 'The Bug Man' Martin Rapley. BBSRC sponsors the photography competition which is judged by insect scientists from the John Innes Centre, a BBSRC-funded institute.

The judges were given a tough time this year because of such a high standard of the entries, but in the end were able to pick a top three.

The winning photograph, taken by a pupil at Cherry Orchard Primary School in Birmingham, captured two snails in the school gardens.

A photograph a of damselfly still hatching out by Benjamin Gubb came second and a blue damselfly taken by Emily Clark of St Edmund's Girls' School in Salisbury came third.

A selection of real life arthropod specimens and an Introduction to Minibeasts teaching set from Bug Club for Schools was awarded for the winning photo.

Tristan MacLean, Inspiring Young Scientists Co-ordinator at BBSRC, said: "It was a real challenge for our entomologists to choose the top three photographs.

"It's fantastic to see young children showing an interest in their environment and taking photos with such great skill. They really have an eye for detail and I hope the competition inspires a future David Attenborough."

Dr Ian Bedford, head of entomology at the John Innes Centre and competition judge, said: "The photos that were submitted for this year's bug hunt competition were of a very high standard and judging the winners was not easy. However, we eventually made our decision by not only taking into account the quality and composition of the image, but also the skill in capturing some of the bugs that usually don't sit still for long! Well done to everyone who took part!"

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