Colorful microscope images on exhibit through Jan. 8

An exhibit of award-winning photographs — intricate, brilliantly colored images of plant, animal and human subjects captured through light microscopes — is on exhibit in Edward G. Miner Library, University of Rochester Medical Center, through January 8, 2010. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The 20 images in the exhibit won top honors in the 2008 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition, a major forum for showcasing microscope photos and videos of life science subjects.

The exhibit includes the first-prize image, “Fairy fly,” by Spike Walker, (Penkridge, Staffordshire, UK). Actually a type of wasp, the fairy fly is one of the smallest insects in the world, at only 0.21mm long.

“The winning images reflect the awesome grace and mystery of our natural world,” said Osamu Joji, Group Vice President and General Manager, Life Science, for Olympus America. “Each year, we review over a thousand images that provide us with a visual record of science in our time, images that shed light on the intricacy of our living universe. These images not only give us a new understanding of familiar objects, they reflect the extraordinary work being done in laboratories today where dedicated researchers study neurological disorders, cancer, plant science, developmental biology and much more.”

Read more about the 2008 Olympus BioScapes Touring Exhibit on the BioScapes website.

To view all the winning images, go to

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