Microscopic Nature: Winners Of The 2014 Olympus Bioscapes Competition

Published January 4, 2015
Updated January 5, 2015
Microscopic Photography Planthopper

9th Place: Dr. Igor Siwanowicz – HHMI Janelia Research Campus // Ashburn, VA, USA.
Green coneheaded planthopper with a dorsal view of gears. This demonstrates that gears- which were thought to be a human invention- exist in nature.
Technique: Confocal microscopy, magnification ca. 200x

Microscopic Photography Jumping Spider

Honorable mention: Mr. Francis Prior // Liverpool, UK.
Jumping Spider
Technique: Epi-illumination

Microscopic Photography Rat Brain

5th Place: Miss Madelyn May – Hanover, NH, USA.
The cerebral cortex of a rat
Technique: Confocal microscopy

Microscopic Photography Rat Cerebellum

2nd Place: Mr. Thomas Deerinck – National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research, University of California // San Diego, CA, USA.
The cerebellum of a rat
Technique: Multiphoton photography, 300x

Microscopic Photography Cricket Tongue

Honorable mention: Dr. David Maitland – Norfolk, UK.
The fan-like pattern of a cricket tongue
Technique: Differential interference contrast


Honorable mention: Mrs. Magdalena Turzańska – University of Wrocław // Poland.
Technique: Fluorescence, 125x

Diving Beetle Foot

Honorable mention: Dr. Igor Siwanowicz – HHMI Janelia Research Campus // Ashburn, VA, USA.
Part of the front foot of a giant diving beetle, featuring suction cups and hollow hairs
Technique: Confocal microscopy, ca. 100x

Microscopic Photography Wax Plant

Honorable mention: Mr. Oleksandr Holovachov – Nacka, Sweden.
Wax plant flower
Technique: ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence, image stack at 2x

Microscopic Photography Zebra Fish

10th Place: Dr. Philipp Keller – HHMI Janelia Research Campus // Ashburn, VA, USA.
Neural activity is shown in the brain of a zebrafish. Technique: Custom-built simultaneous multi-view light sheet microscopy
Co-prizewinners: Fernando Amat and Misha Ahrens

Microscopic Photography Worm Larva

6th Place: Dr. David Johnston – Southampton General Hospital Biomedical Imaging Unit // Southampton, UK
Magelonid polychaete worm larva.
Technique: Confocal microscopy using a 10x objective

Microscopic Photography Weevils

4th Place: Dr. Csaba Pintér – Keszthely, Hungary.
Phyllobius roboretanus weevils
Technique: Stereo microscopy

All images can be found on the Olympus Bioscapes competition page.

Erin Kelly
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
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.