A treefrog peering into the darkness of a tropical rainforest has won the 2022 British Ecological Society photography competition.
Overall winner Roberto Garcia Roa walked away with £750 ($922) and a Lomo’Instant Camera for his arresting photo of a Helen’s Treefrog in Peru.
Describing the hidden beauty of his photograph, Roberto Garcia Roa says: “Like two beacons in the dark, the striking eyes of a Helena’s treefrog (Osteocephalus helenae) seem to glow in the darkness of the night.”
“This image reveals the beauty of nature hidden in Tambopata, a region that is currently threatened by gold mining. It is paradoxical to see the eyes of this frog as small golden pearls because, in reality, the true treasure lies in ensuring the protection of this area and its inhabitants.”
“Winning the British Ecological Society’s Capturing Ecology photography competition with this image has a special significance to me for many reasons,” says Garcia Roa.
“First, it links two powerful allies, science, and photography, which have emerged hand in hand during the last two centuries as key tools for deciphering the natural world around us.”
The British Ecological Society is the oldest in the world and its vision is for “nature and people to thrive in a world inspired by ecology.”