The Science Photographer of the Year exhibition opens at the Science Museum in London, UK, on October 7.
The shortlisted images were selected by an expert panel and are designed to showcase the "best scientific photography" and "photography of science", whether that is an extreme close-up of a stag beetle or a high-definition shot of a nebula hundreds of light-years into the distance.
"Since the very beginning, science has been integral to photography," Gary Evans, the Royal Photographic Society's science exhibition coordinator, said in a statement.
"Now photography has become integral to the way science is carried out and how it is communicated to the wider public. We are delighted to be the guests of the Science Museum for this exhibition and we are sure the images will engage, entertain and educate in equal measure."
The 70 images on display delve into topics related to human health, the environment, wildlife, and conservation, as well as more mundane – or everyday – science. Think: a safety pin or a flour beetle, for example.
The techniques and technologies used to capture these moments are equally varied and include radio digital telescopes and high-tech medical equipment but also smartphones.
"Since its inception, photography has bridged the worlds of art and science with images which spark and sate curiosity in equal measure," said Roger Highfield, science director at the Science Museum.
"Through images of aesthetic beauty, we can tell stories about the universe and reveal places and phenomena that the naked eye will never see."
Anyway, without any further ado, here are some of our favorites.
Mapping Oxygen, by Yasmin Crawford
NGC7000 North American Nebula, by Dave Watson
Stag Beetle, by Viktor Sykora
Calmness of Eternity, by Yevhen Samuchenko
Lovell Telescope Series 1c, by Marge Bradshaw
Safety Corona, by Richard Germain
Tribolium confusum – Confused flour beetle, by David Spears
Cassiopea xamachana – Upside Down Jelly Fish, by Mary Anne Chilton