The winners have been announced in the Luminar Bug Photography Awards 2020 in association with Europe’s leading invertebrate charity, Buglife. Over 5,000 images were submitted from around the globe, competing for a total prize pool of £23,000. The grand prize winner, and “Luminar Bug Photographer of the Year 2020” is Mofeed Abu Shalwa, a Saudi Arabian photographer who incredibly started photographing invertebrates as way of overcoming his childhood phobia of insects. He has clearly since gone on to conquer that fear, and alongside his title wins £2,500 in cash, and additional prizes worth £2,000. Jamie Spensley from Solihull in the UK has been crowned ‘Luminar Young Bug Photographer of the Year 2020’. Jamie is 17 years of age, and in his second year at college studying Creative Media. He won with a technically brilliant shot of a carder bee, and takes home over £1,200 worth of prizes. The judging panel contained well-known figures including Buglife President, Germaine Greer; TV presenter and naturalist Nick Baker; and ground-breaking invertebrates photographer Levon Biss. The annual awards were launched this year as a way...
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