Microscopic Nature: Winners Of The 2014 Olympus Bioscapes Competition
By Erin Kelly | Edited By Savannah Cox
Published January 4, 2015
Updated January 5, 2015
3rd Place: Dr. Igor Siwanowicz – HHMI Janelia Research Campus // Ashburn, VA, USA. The appendages of a barnacle are used to move food for consumption. Technique: Confocal microscopy, 100x
Now in its second decade, the Olympus Bioscapes photography competition celebrates the stunning beauty of and discoveries in the field of science. But it comes with a catch: this beauty must be found beneath the lens of a microscope. Amateur and professional scientists from over 70 different countries submit thousands of entries per year in the hopes of being recognized in the competition, which is widely regarded as the world’s best showcase for this unique brand of photographic landscapes. The images that follow contain both winners and honorable mentions for 2014.
Honorable mention: Mr. Charles Krebs – Issaquah, WA, USA. Specimen: Mosquito larva. Technique: polarized dark field illumination, 100x
Honorable mention: Mr. Rogelio Moreno Gill – Panama City, Panama. Micro algae from a river – with chloroplasts, isthmus and accumulation of crystals Technique: Polarized light with image stacking
Honorable mention: Dr. Gopinath Meenakshisundaram – Institute of Medical Biology // A-Star, Singapore. A human skin cancer cell Technique: Confocal microscopy Co-prizewinners: Prabha Sampath
Honorable mention: Mr. Geir Drange – Asker, Norway. Head of a young crab spider
Honorable mention: Mr. Jerzy Rojkowski – Krakow, Poland. Mosquito pupae Technique: Differential interference contrast and image stacking, 10x
Honorable mention: Mr. Charles Krebs – Issaquah, WA, USA. A peacock feather Technique: Reflected light, 100x
1st Place: Dr. William Lemon – HHMI Janelia Research Campus // Ashburn, VA, USA . Embryonic development of the fruit fly. This entry is a short timelapse video showing the larvae crawling off the screen at the end. Technique: Custom-built simultaneous multi-view light sheet microscopy Co-prizewinners: Fernando Amat and Philipp Keller
8th Place: Dr. Matthew S. Lehnert – Kent State University at Stark // North Canton, OH, USA. The proboscis of a vampire moth Technique: Confocal microscopy Co-prizewinners: Ashley L. Lash
An All That's Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she's designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.