The Australian Museum holds an annual photographic competition called Up Close & Spineless to raise awareness of the wonderful world of invertebrates. The winning, highly commended and runner-up entries have been selected for 2011.

Have a look at the amazing photos on our website including images from professionals and school students.

The people's choice award went to Spineless though triumphant by Ronell Catulong

These photos were taken by primary school students. So think about how you can encourage your students to investigate the world of invertebrates through photos.

Let me know if I can help with any ideas.