16 stunning photos of scientific phenomena in action

The winners of this year’s Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition do not disappoint.
clownfish in anemone
The tentacles on this sea anemone are white because they’ve been bleached. Like coral, anemones can lose their color (along with their health) as oceans heat up. Researchers are still figuring out how that might affect the symbiotic relationship between anemones and clownfish like the young one pictured here. Morgan Bennett-Smith

The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition champions images that depict scientific phenomena, as captured by scientists themselves. Out of hundreds of entries, judges narrowed it down to a single winner in each of five categories along with a few runner ups. This gallery rounds them all up for a truly stunning experience.