Birje, who captured the shot in Thane, India, said: “There are many magical events happening in nature around us – I was just being curious and observant.
“The photograph just shows such a situation between the ants, aphid and mites.”
Runner up: Truong Hoai Vu – Hon Yen marine ecosystem, Phu Yen, Vietnam
every year, between May and August, the coral of this rich and diverse ecosystem becomes exposed at low tide.
Alfonso Roldán Losada – Family Quarrel, Córdoba, Spain
Henry Harte – The plague, Borana, Kenya
Ripan Biswas – The hunt, West Bengal, India
Wei Fu – Bite for survival, Bangkok, Thailand
Chanchal Sur Chowdhury – Spiderman of our body, Missouri, usa
John Ishide Bulanadi – A tiny gathering, Pampanga, Philippines
Gu Guanghui – Solar power plan, Zhejiang Province, China
Young Photographer of the Year: Roan Jones, Somerset, UK
The winner of the RSB’s Young Photographer of the Year is Roan Jones, aged 15.
Jones captured a tyre being reclaimed by nature in the Vallis forest, Somerset, showing the connection between people and the natural world.
Runner up: Alice Feng, UK
The patterns in this image, called Fractals, are of Bacillus subtilis being grown on a dextrose agar plate.
The patterns form depending on the conditions of the bacteria’s environment and how bacterial cells move after coming into contact with each other.
Highly commended: Hayden Wood, the watering hole, Kenya
A pair of Grévy’s zebra drink from a watering hole.
All photos courtesy The Royal Society of Biology