The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Photographer at Large Contest came through with flying colors once again. Each year, since 2008, EEB has held a photo contest that yields a stunning array of photos covering the globe and showcasing creatures from microscopic Daphnia to enormous elephants, nature scenes, and much more. Nearly 50 images – from Ann Arbor to the Amazon and from Ohio to Okinawa – were submitted this year by graduate students, faculty, postdocs and staff.

Congratulations go to newly proclaimed Photographer at Large Pascal Title for his photo “Desert banded gecko” shot in the Anza-Borrego Desert, Calif. He shot this photo while on a field trip with San Diego State’s herpetology course.

Ivan Monagan captured second place for "Harlequin grasshopper" (Dactylotum variegatum). taken on the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch, Elgin, Ariz. Monagan took this photo while surveying for Bunchgrass lizards at a former research site in the desert grasslands of Arizona. “I was completely blown away by the psychedelic patterning and coloration of this species, so I captured the photo to share with family, friends, and colleagues back home in Virginia,” he said.

“Autumn grizzly,” a photo taken in Alaska’s Denali National Park by Jason Dobkowski, won third place. He shot this image in August, which is autumn in Alaska, while on vacation after field season in the Arctic.

Honorable mentions were awarded to the following: “Distinguished,” a photo of a horned frog by Anat Belasen taken in Espirito Santo State, Brazil. “This photo shows a very distinguished horned frog (Proceratophyrys shirchi) endemic to the Brazilian Atlantic Forest,” Belasen said.

Brian Metzger, “Blyde River,” South Africa. "Potholes from the Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world, are created by rapidly spinning water as it forces its way past underwater obstacles," Metzger said.

Johanna Nifosi, “The colors of life,” taken during a tour of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology bird collections. "When someone pulled out the peacock drawer, I thought it would be a good idea to take a close-up picture of its feathers,” Nifosi said. “When I took this picture, I felt in love with nature because of the wonderful colors that can be found."

Pamela Murillo Rojas, “Baby sloth,” Costa Rica. On the campus of the University of Costa Rica. It was unusual to see a mother and such a young baby sloth eating on campus, Murillo Rojas observed.

The contest is held in honor and memory of David Bay, EEB and predecessor department’s self-proclaimed “photographer at large” for over 30 years. Now, sit back and soak in the world through an EEB lens.

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