Creepy Crawly Photography

Fighting Peacock Mantis Credit: Igor Siwanowicz
Fighting Peacock Mantis Credit: Igor Siwanowicz

Dr. Igor Siwanowicz sees his work opening people’s eyes to some of the smallest animals in our world, and that makes him sort of a public relations representative in service of creepy-crawlies.  His favorite subjects are insects, reptiles and amphibians.

Although he says animals are notoriously incorrigible and uncooperative, Igor wonderful images demonstrate his respect and patience for these interesting creatures.

Fiddler Crab by Igor Siwanowicz
Fiddler Crab by Igor Siwanowicz

Siwanowicz earned his master’s in biotechnology in Krakow and Aarhus, Denmark, followed by PhD in structural biochemistry in Germany. After two years of post-doctoral studies he travelled as a freelance nature photographer publishing two books:  Animals Up Close and Monsters Among Us.  He worked as a tech assistant at the Max-Planck Institute for Neurobiology in Munich and is now at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Maryland.

African Spiny Flower mantis Credit:  Igor Siwanowicz
African Spiny Flower mantis Credit: Igor Siwanowicz
Barcroft Media  Indonesia land hermit-crabs  Credit:  Igor Siwanowicz
Barcroft Media Indonesia land hermit-crabs Credit: Igor Siwanowicz
Barcroft Media Death's Head Hawk Moth caterpillars  Credit:  Igor Siwanowicz
Barcroft Media Death’s Head Hawk Moth caterpillars Credit: Igor Siwanowicz

Congratulations to Dr. Igor Siwanowicz for earning first place in the 2013 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition.   The winning photo (shown below) is the open trap of an aquatic carnivorous plant, humped  bladderwort, with single-cell organisms inside.

Carnivorous bladderwort eats microinvertebrates 100X  Credit:  Igor Siwanowicz
Carnivorous bladderwort eats microintebrates 100X Credit: Igor Siwanowicz

You can see more of this photos:

http://photo.net/photos/siwanowicz

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