The military base biodiversity competition was organised by CEN Rhône-Alpesand the French Ministry of Defence. It was open to Ministry of Defence personnel and natural space managers working in partnership with military facilities. We received 66 photographs from across France.

The selected photographs will be included in an exhibition that will tour France, and the prize-winners will be used as part of an awareness campaign on biodiversity at military bases.

See the photos

Forests

1st prize: His Majesty at the Sissonne military camp, by Cyrille Tanguy, 8thQuartermaster Regiment (Mourmelon)

2nd prize: Hide-and-seek in the forest at the Bitche camp, by Frédéric Karmann, 16thBattalion of Chasseurs

3rd prize: Wild apiary in Mourmelon, by Ingrid Lamand-Robert, 8thQuartermaster Regiment (Mourmelon)

Garrigues and dry grasslands

1st prize: Two-tailed Pasha in its natural habitat at the Garrigues camp, by Gaëlle Laporte, SMGG

2nd prize: Garrigue flora at the Garrigues camp , by Gaëlle Laporte, SMGG

3rd prize: Spiranthes spiralis at Châteaudun 279 Air Base, by Arnaud David, French Air Force

Lakes and wetlands

1st prize: The Longhorn Beetle's hide at the Chambaran camp, by  Laurène Trebucq, LPO Isère

2nd prize: A view by Monet at the Chambaran camp, by  Laurène Trebucq, LPO Isère

3rd prize: Marbled newt at the Fontevraud camp, by Arnaud Bajek, Saumur Military Academy

Marine environments

2nd prize: Man and machine at the Brest naval base, by François Coutant, Civil Defence

Mountains

1st prize: Eagle after a meal at the Canjuers camp, by Stéphane Benedicti, 1stRegiment of Chasseurs d'Afrique

Jury's favourites

1st prize: European Bee-eaters at the Sissonne military camp, by Cyrille Tanguy, 8thQuartermaster Regiment (Mourmelon)

2nd prize: A haven of natural tranquillity at the Hyères Naval Air Station, by Yann Valton, French Navy

3rd prize: Flowers among dry grasses at the Cuers Pierrefeu Naval Air Station, by Sébastien Marti, Cuers Pierrefeu Naval Air Station

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