An exhibit of award-winning photographs and videos — intricate, brilliantly colored images of plant and animal subjects captured through light microscopes — opens March 11, 2013, in the Miner Library in the University of Rochester Medical Center.
The 19 images and 9 videos in the exhibit won top honors in the 2012 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition®, the world’s foremost forum for showcasing microscope photos and movies of life science subjects.
Miner Library will host the exhibit through April. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Ralph Grimm, a teacher from Jimboomba, Australia, captured the fascinating 58-second First Prize video showing the super-fast movements of tiny animals whose hair-like cilia beat constantly to sweep food into their mouths. The movie depicts colonies of rotifers found on a lily leaf in Grimm’s own pond, their spot-like red eyes and internal organs captured through the use of differential interference contrast illumination. The first video ever to capture First Prize in the competition, it was selected from more than 2,000 entries and earned Mr. Grimm $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 fascinating and beautiful images tell important stories that shed light on the living universe around us, showing us the intimate structures and dynamic events of life in ways that we cannot ordinarily see,” said Brad Burklow, Executive Director, Business Development for the Scientific Equipment Group of Olympus America, Inc. “BioScapes movies and still images remind us of the fascination and beauty of the natural world, and highlight important work going on in laboratories across the globe. The BioScapes Competition, with entries from an ever-increasing number of countries and very diverse life science fields, allows Olympus to bring amazing images and stories to the attention of scientists and non-scientists alike.”
To view all the winning images, go to www.olympusbioscapes.com/
Miner Library is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – midnight.