Mofeed, from Saudi Arabia, is the grand prize winner in this inaugural year of the Luminar Bug Photography Awards. He wowed the judging panel with his consistently high level of technical skill and creativity, and an obvious dedication to his craft. He is a professional photographer with a specialism in macro photography, and started shooting insects 10 years ago. This was partly to help him overcome a childhood phobia of insects, and also to show the beauty and tiny details of insects that a camera lens can bring to light.
'Red palm weevil'
'Ladybug inside the flower'
'Blue longhorn beetle'
'Bee Xylocopa violacea'
The ‘Aquatic bugs’ category covers those invertebrates that either live in or on water, or are dependent on water for their lifecycle. These include pond skaters, water measurers, water boatmen, water treaders, crayfish, crabs, jellyfish, shellfish, and octopi.
Arachnids include the full range of spiders and harvestmen, as well as scorpions, ticks and mites. They all have eight legs, and live in many habitat types, from the water-loving Fen Raft spider, to the sky-bound Cloud-living spider. It also includes pictures of spider webs.
Beetles are the largest order of insects. Ladybirds/ladybugs, stag beetles, pollen beetles, water beetles, and any member of the Coleoptera order can be entered into this category. From tiny pollen beetles to large long-horned beetles, you can distinguish a beetle by its forewings that are typically modified into hard wing cases (elytra), which cover and protect the hind wings and abdomen.
Bug masters of the air! Majestic dragonflies, bees, wasps, hornets, hover flies, damselflies, mayflies, lacewings and more. The insects in this category all have visible wings, not hidden behind hard cases.
The bugs in this category are members of the Lepidoptera order – butterflies, and day or night-flying moths. Most will have wings that are coloured, either for camouflage or distraction – the exception being those with clear wings. It also includes caterpillars.
Legless gastropods are the focus of this category – namely slugs or snails. They can be found on land or in the water, and are characterised by having a single long soft foot.
This is the category for all those bugs that don’t belong in any of the other categories. Examples include ants, shield bugs, cicadas, cockroaches, grasshoppers, praying mantises, and earwigs.
This category celebrates macro images – those that highlight the astonishing details otherwise hidden to the naked human eye.
This category celebrates the many places that bugs might call home. These can be created by the creatures themselves, such as a wasp’s nest, or one made by humans, such as a beehive or a bug hotel.
This category celebrates images taken with your mobile/cell phone. To keep the playing field level, the use of fittings or lenses attached to the phone is not permitted, and all bugs and bug-related subjects are allowed.
Shining a light on young talent in the world of invertebrate photography, and open to anyone aged 13 to 17.