You CAN tell a bug by its cover! Olympus BioScapes Imaging Competition winners exhibited @ Miner

BioScapes 2009 Competition First Prize

An exhibit of award-winning photographs — intricate, brilliantly colored images of plant, animal and human subjects captured through light microscopes — opens March 14 in the Miner Library in the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The 20 images in the exhibit won top honors in the 2009 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 photos through May. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Dr. Jan Michels, a zoologist at the Christian Albrecht University of Kiel, Germany, took top honors for the image of a water flea, with its defensive “crown of thorns” to protect it against predators. The image reveals not only the exoskeleton, but also interior detail down to the nuclei within its cells, seen as tiny, glowing blue dots. This stunning and unusual depiction of a whole organism detailing both external and intracellular structures was selected from more than 2,000 images and movies to earn First Prize, $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.

“These images and movies reflect some of the most exciting research being done around the world and reveal the art that exists in optical microscopy,” said Osamu Joji, Group Vice President and General Manager, Scientific Equipment Group, Olympus America Inc. “They shed light on the intricacy of our living universe and provide us with a visual record of the science of our era. But just as important, they reflect the awesome grace, beauty and mystery of aspects of the natural world that can’t be seen with the naked eye. There are extraordinary stories being told in science laboratories today, and the BioScapes Competition, with entries representing 62 countries and winners from five continents, allows Olympus to share those images and stories with the world.”

To view all the winning images, go to

Miner Library is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 am – midnight; Friday, 7:30 am – 10 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 10 pm; Sunday, 10 am – midnight.

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