By Amanda Roe (ESC Photo Contest Organizer) & Sean McCann (ESC Photo Contest Organizer-in-Training)
We are pleased to announce the winners of the ESC Annual Photo Contest. This year saw 27 people participate in our annual ESC Photo Contest. They submitted a high number of entries – 99 to be precise. We wish to thank all the entrants for their fine collection of photos.
We would also like to thank the anonymous judges who took the time to review and rank all the photo entries. This is never an easy task with so many stunning pictures. The winners and honourable mentions listed below will have their photos grace the covers of The Canadian Entomologist and The Bulletin for the 2021 season.
First Place: Tim Haye
Caption: Samurai wasp, Trissolcus japonicus, parasitizing egg of Halyomorpha halys (Delémont, Switzerland)
Second Place: Mel Hart
Caption: Enallagma civile watching the foot traffic along a boardwalk at Riding Mountain National Park, MB
Third Place: Andrea Brauner
Caption: A presumed Acrididae grasshopper found hanging out in the backyard in Summerland, BC.
Entomologist In Action: Chris Ratzlaff
Caption: Collecting insects and setting up pan traps on the dry slopes of Galiano Island, British Columbia as part of the Biodiversity Galiano Project.
Honourable Mention: Andreas Fischer
Caption: Subadult female black widow spider walking on her web. Tsawwassen, BC, Canada
Honourable Mention: Matt Muzzatti
Caption: Chiang Mai, Thailand. Two male rhinoceros beetles (Xylotrupes: Dynastinae) preparing to ‘fight.’ Prize fighters are bred and bets are placed on which male will throw the other off a cylindrical piece of wood.
Honourable Mention: Robyn DeYoung
Caption: Portrait of a male American Rubyspot (Hetaerina americana) photographed along the Châteauguay River at Ste-Martine, Québec on August 13, 2020. A small population of this colourful damselfly was discovered at this site, well north of its usual range, several years ago.
Honourable Mention: Richard Yank
Caption: Robber fly in the Subfamily Asilinae, photo taken at Trout Creek Point in Summerland, B.C.
Thanks to everyone who participated this year!