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Winners of the Olympus Bioscapes Digital Imaging Competition

January 8, 2013

Specimen: East-coast US fern, Polypodium virginianum, showing a cluster of spore-filled sporangia and specialized protective hairs called paraphyses.

Specimen: Delphinium seed. The image was acquired from multiple Z-stacked images.

Specimen: Butterfly “Prola Beauty” (Panacea prola) wing scales, 200X.

Specimen: Red algae Scagelia, showing reproductive tetraspores and golden diatoms.

The Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition® recognizes outstanding images of life science specimens captured through light microscopes, using any magnification, any illumination technique and any brand of equipment. Each person entering can submit up to five movies, images, or image sequences (such as time lapse series). Entries must include information on the importance or “story” behind the images. Winners are notified in late October and are announced publicly in November or December. Selected winning images also become part of a traveling exhibit tour of museums and academic institutions.

“Microscope images forge an extraordinary bond between science and art,” said Hidenao Tsuchiya, President, Olympus Corporation of the Americas. “We founded this competition to focus on the fascinating stories coming out of today’s life science research laboratories. The thousands of images that people have shared with the competition over the years reflect some of the most exciting work going on in research today – work that can help shed light on the living universe and ultimately save lives. We look at BioScapes and these beautiful images as sources of education and inspiration to us and the world.”

All text and Images via The Olympus BioScapes


Specimen: Colonial rotifers showing eyespots and corona, magnification 200x – 500x.

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