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Dancing Shampoo

The Kaye effect in shampoo. This was first described by Alan Kaye in 1963 and is a property of “sheer-thinning” liquids, those which lose viscosity when a sheer force is applied. (RPS/Jungwook Kim)

From amoeba to Aurora: Photographers hope to win International Images for Science competition with stunning pictures

These are just some of the incredible images from photographers across the globe who are hoping to take first prize in the Royal Photographic Society’s International Images for Science competition.

One hundred images have been selected from the 3,563 entries submitted from students, amateur photographers, professional and medical photographers who were asked to take a picture that tells a science story either with a camera or smartphone.

The pictures include simple yet powerful images of water refracting and a frozen bubble, stunning landscapes such as an aurora over a glacier and the Milky Way above the Grand Canyon.

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Amoeba shells, an extreme close-up views of a pancreatic cancer cell and a snowflake are some of the other shots aiming to take the prize.

Images were made using every kind of equipment from a smartphone to a multi-million pound microscope.

The competition is supported by Siemens as part of the Curiosity Project, a three-year programme which aims to engage young people with science and engineering.

The five winners will be announced in an award ceremony in London on 12 September.