An exhibit of award-winning photographs — intricate, brilliantly colored images of plant, animal and human subjects captured through light microscopes — opens January 6 in Edward G. Miner Library, University of Rochester Medical Center.
The 20 images in the exhibit won top honors in the 2013 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition®, the world’s foremost forum for showcasing microscope photos and movies of life science subjects.
Miner Library will exhibit the digital movie and the photos through February. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
A spellbinding photo of the yawning trap of a carnivorous plant took First Prize in the 2013 competition. Igor Siwanowicz, a researcher from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, Va., captured the eerily fascinating photo of the floating humped bladderwort plant. The confocal image was selected from more than 2,100 entries to earn Dr. Siwanowicz $5,000 worth of Olympus equipment.
The Olympus BioScapes competition is the world’s premier platform for honoring images and movies of human, plant and animal subjects as captured through light microscopes. Any life science subject is eligible, and entries are judged based on the science they depict, their aesthetics (beauty and impact of the image), and their technical merit. The winning images reflect the latest advances in neuroscience and cell biology.
“For 10 years, Olympus has sponsored this competition to bring to light the power, beauty and importance of science and the work that scientists do,” said Brad Burklow, Executive Director of International Business for the Scientific Equipment Group of Olympus America, Inc. “BioScapes movies and still images combine art and science to remind us of the fascination and wonder of the natural world and highlight vital work going on in laboratories. They serve as an inspiration to young people seeking careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For a decade, Olympus has been dedicated to bringing these amazing images and stories to the attention of scientists and non-scientists worldwide.”
For more information on this annual competition and to view all the winning 2013 images, go to www.olympusbioscapes.com/gallery/2013/.
Miner Library is open to the public Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM-8 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 10 AM-8 PM.