The 2015 Wellcome Image Awards Will Spark Your Interest In Science

Mar 10, 2015

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The 2015 Wellcome Image Awards Will Spark Your Interest In Science

Mar 10, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis), SEM and LM composite – Daniel Kariko
Boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis), SEM and LM composite – Daniel Kariko

The Wellcome Image Awards recognize science imaging talent and techniques and this year’s winners including some fascinating entries.

Scanning electron micrographs of a boll weevil and a greenfly’s eye, a clinical photograph of an elderly lady’s curved spine and a parasitoid wasp are just a few of the 20 winning images.

The winners were selected from all the images acquired by the Wellcome Images picture library in the past year, and are already accessible along with over 40,000 contemporary biomedical and clinical images.

Unlike other awards, the winning images, along with all content in the Wellcome Images collection, are available under Creative Commons license.

Distribution of metabolites in a mouse kidney, CMP – Jefferson R. Brown, Robert E. Marc, Bryan W. Jones, Glen Prusky & Nazia Alam
Distribution of metabolites in a mouse kidney, CMP – Jefferson R. Brown, Robert E. Marc, Bryan W. Jones, Glen Prusky & Nazia Alam

Adam Rutherford, who was one of the judges, spoke about the purpose of the awards:

“The breath-taking riches of the imagery that science generates are so important in telling stories about research and helping us to understand often abstract concepts. It’s not just about imaging the very small either, it’s about understanding life, death, sex and disease: the cornerstones of drama and art. Once again, the Wellcome Image Awards celebrate all of this and more with this year’s incredible range of winning images.”

Parasitoid wasp Wallaceaphytis kikiae, LM – Andrew Polaszek, Natural History Museum
Parasitoid wasp Wallaceaphytis kikiae, LM – Andrew Polaszek, Natural History Museum

Catherine Draycott, Head of Wellcome Images and a member of the judging panel added that “This year’s selection of winning images is not only beautiful; they bring to life an incredible array of innovative imaging techniques, and hint at stories and ideas that go beyond the visual.”

Submissions for the 2016 awards are open, but only photos that are accepted into one of Wellcome’s collections can participate.

The 2015 winning gallery will be uploaded next week but until then you can have a look at the 2014 winners.

The overall winner will be announced on March 18 2015.

Reticulum (stomach chamber), goat – Michael Frank, Royal Veterinary College
Reticulum (stomach chamber), goat – Michael Frank, Royal Veterinary College
Pregnant uterus, equine – Michael Frank, Royal Veterinary College
Pregnant uterus, equine – Michael Frank, Royal Veterinary College
Cat tongue, cross section – David Linstead
Cat tongue, cross section – David Linstead
Tuatara skeleton, micro-CT – Sophie Regnault
Tuatara skeleton, micro-CT – Sophie Regnault
Purkinje cell and dendritic tree, rat cerebellar cortex, SEM – Prof. M. Hausser, Sarah Rieubland & Arnd Roth, UCL
Purkinje cell and dendritic tree, rat cerebellar cortex, SEM – Prof. M. Hausser, Sarah Rieubland &
Arnd Roth, UCL
Natural killer (NK) cell immune synapse, 3D-SIM – N. Dieckmann & N. Lawrence
Natural killer (NK) cell immune synapse, 3D-SIM – N. Dieckmann & N. Lawrence
Pollen grains, Asteraceae, Artwork – Maurizio De Angelis
Pollen grains, Asteraceae, Artwork – Maurizio De Angelis
Greenfly eye, SEM – Kevin Mackenzie, University of Aberdeen
Greenfly eye, SEM – Kevin Mackenzie, University of Aberdeen
Mouse brain, coronal view – Luis de la Torre-Ubieta, UCLA
Mouse brain, coronal view – Luis de la Torre-Ubieta, UCLA
An elderly lady with Kyphosis (curvature of the spine) – Mark Bartley, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
An elderly lady with Kyphosis (curvature of the spine) – Mark Bartley, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Old model used in the teaching of Anatomy, Dublin – Anthony Edwards
Old model used in the teaching of Anatomy, Dublin – Anthony Edwards
Full paediatric sensory unit – Geraldine Thompson, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Full paediatric sensory unit – Geraldine Thompson, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Drug-releasing depots in mouse lungs – Gregory Szeto, Adelaide Tovar, Jeffrey Wyckoff, Koch Institute, copyright MIT
Drug-releasing depots in mouse lungs – Gregory Szeto, Adelaide Tovar, Jeffrey Wyckoff, Koch Institute, copyright MIT
Nervous system in a fruit fly larva, serial section TEM – Albert Cardona, HHMI Janelia Research Campus
Nervous system in a fruit fly larva, serial section TEM – Albert Cardona, HHMI Janelia Research Campus
Brain astrocyte cell taking up carbon nano-needles, SEM – Khuloud T. Al-Jamal, Serene Tay & Michael Cicirko
Brain astrocyte cell taking up carbon nano-needles, SEM – Khuloud T. Al-Jamal, Serene Tay & Michael Cicirko
Healthy adult human brain, tractography from MRI – Dr Flavio Dell'Acqua
Healthy adult human brain, tractography from MRI – Dr Flavio Dell’Acqua
Lungs in ribcage, Hodgkin lymphoma patient, 3D printed nylon – Dave Farnham
Lungs in ribcage, Hodgkin lymphoma patient, 3D printed nylon – Dave Farnham

All images are courtesy Wellcome Images.

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