It’s time to announce the Nature India Photo Contest 2015 finalist number nine:
Subrat Kumar Barik, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Photo caption: ‘Bacteria or snowflakes’
Here’s Subrat’s description of the picture: “Snowflakes are formed from water vapour that condense directly into ice inside of clouds. Patterns emerge as these crystals grow. The seed crystal itself forms on a tiny particle, like a speck of dust in the air, which serves as a base for ice growth. This picture is a microscopic image of bacterial drying pattern when we let them dry in a controlled condition. They form similar pattern as snowflakes. So is it a crystalisation process? Soon we will solve this mystery.”
Congratulations Subrat for a wonderful entry that made it to top 15!
The Nature India Photo Contest has received hundreds of entries from around the world this year. The theme for 2015 was ‘Patterns’, conceived with the idea of appreciating the art in all things science — geometric, natural, abstract, under the microscope, in/on the human body or in space.
The entries have been from amateur and professional photographers, scientists and non-scientists and have been shot on a variety of equipment, from mobile cameras to high-end DSLRs. All these elements have made the photo contest a great experience in looking at patterns across landscapes, demographics and cultures.
The Nature India editorial and design team has a tough job at hand — of choosing just three winners.
As a run up to the final announcement, we are rolling out the top 15 finalists (in no particular order of merit) this fortnight on the Indigenus blog as well as our social media platforms (Twitter and Facebook). The final results will be announced in November 2015.
Nature India’s final decision to chose the winner will be partly influenced by the engagement and reception he/she receives here at the Indigenus blog, on Twitter and on Facebook. To give all finalists a fair chance, we will take into consideration the social media engagement of each picture only during the first seven days of its announcement.
So watch out for our other finalists and feel free to promote, share and like your favourite entries with the hashtag #NatureIndphoto.