On Tuesday night the Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Alberta (ESAB) and the Entomological Society of Canada (ESC) had their banquet. The awards for the JAM 2012 Photography Contest were presented, and the winning photographs were stunning! Judged by John Acorn, Dave Walter and myself, the choices were sometimes obvious and at other times less distinct. We emerged with the following selections for three categories, with prizes awarded by ESAB:
Taking the prize for the category “Pinned and Preserved” was Crystal Ernst, with her amazing photograph of Pterostichus (Stereocerus) haematopus and a hairworm (Nematomorpha: Gordiida).
And winning in the category, “Predators with Prey”, Adam Blake with his picture of the classic combo: Misumena vatia with a honey bee.
And in the category “Alive in the Natural Habitat”, none other than Flyguy, Morgan Jackson, with his photograph of a delicate little Neurigona standing on a log. Excellent sharpness across the subject, with a nice muted soft background. You have got to love those rainbow eyes!
Congratulations to the winners! Tomorrow I’ll share some images that received Honorable Mentions.