Jul 9, 2012

20 Award-Winning Microscope Images

 

Olympus America Inc. is in the ninth year of sponsoring the BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition. It honours the world’s most extraordinary microscope images of life science subjects.

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.

Below you will find a gallery of 20 winners and honourable mentions from last year’s competition. The entry deadline for this year is September 30, 2012. Be sure to visit www.olympusbioscapes.com for a complete gallery of winners, prizes and information for this year’s competition. Enjoy!

 

 

 

1. Rotifer Floscularia ringens feeding

 

2011 1 krebs rotifer 4mb 20 Award Winning Microscope Images

FIRST PLACE: Rotifer Floscularia ringens feeding. Its rapidly beating cilia (hair-like structures) bring water that contains food to the rotifer. The “wheel animacules” were first described by Leeuwenhoek (ca.1702); when their cilia beat, they look like they have two wheels spinning on top. They live in reddish-brown tubes made of spherical “bricks.” Differential interference contrast microscopy. Charles Krebs, Issaquah, WA, USA. 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

2. Live green brain coral (Goniastrea sp.), under water

 

2011 5 nicholson coral brilliant 20 Award Winning Microscope Images

FIFTH PLACE: Live green brain coral (Goniastrea sp.), under water. One full polyp in the center is shown with four surrounding polyps. Walled corallites are purple. All color is the natural autofluorescence of the coral with the exception of the purple, which is near-violet LED illumination to highlight neartransparent tissue. James Nicholson, NOAA/NOS/NCCOS Center for Coastal Environmental Health & Biomolecular Research, Fort Johnson Marine Lab, Charleston, SC, USA. 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

3. Stink bug eggs

 

stink bug eggs microscopic image close up

SIXTH PLACE: Stink bug eggs. Stink bugs are agricultural pests that exist throughout the world. When disturbed, they emit a characteristic foul-smelling odor. Brightfield illumination. Haris Antonopoulos, Athens, Greece. 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

4. Fruitfly ovaries and uterus

 

Fruitfly ovaries and uterus microscopic image

SEVENTH PLACE: Fruitfly ovaries and uterus. The muscular and neural structure of the Drosophila melanogaster reproductive system is shown using fluorescence microscopy. The background staining of the eggs in red is a specific function of the mutant fly strain that is pictured here. Gunnar Newquist, University of Nevada, Reno, USA. 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

5. Living diatom Mediopyxis helysia

 

2011 9 bettighofer diatom 20 Award Winning Microscope Images

NINTH PLACE: Living diatom Mediopyxis helysia, showing the cell nuclei and golden chloroplasts, captured using brightfield microscopy. On top there is a bacteria colony in mucilage. Specimen is from the North Sea. Wolfgang Bettighofer, Kiel, Germany. 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

6. Spherical colonies of Nostoc commune

 

2011 10 guenther nostock alga colonies 20 Award Winning Microscope Images

TENTH PLACE: Spherical colonies of Nostoc commune, a bluegreen alga. Darkfield illumination. Gerd Guenther, Duesseldorf, Germany. 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

7. Trout alevin

 

2011 hm berdan trout alevin 20 Award Winning Microscope Images

Trout alevin (alevin is the second of four stages in the life cycle of a trout, when eggs hatch and the tiny fish begin to emerge). Stereomicroscopy. Robert Berdan, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Honorable Mention, 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

8. Weevil Eupholus, dried thorax scales

 

2011 hm clark eupholus 20 Award Winning Microscope Images

Weevil Eupholus, dried thorax scales, stack of 80 images. Darkfield. Douglas Clark, San Francisco, CA, USA. Honorable Mention, 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

9. Hydroid collected from kelp sample

 

Hydroid collected from kelp sample

Hydroid collected from kelp sample. Epi-illumination, image stack. Mike Crutchley, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK. Honorable Mention, 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

10. Tintinnid ciliate of the marine plankton, Petalotricha ampulla

 

2011 hm dolan plankton 20 Award Winning Microscope Images

Tintinnid ciliate of the marine plankton, Petalotricha ampulla. This preserved specimen (Lugol’s fixed) was caught with its cilia fully extended. It is about 100 microns long. Differential interference contrast microscopy. John Dolan, Station Zoologique B.P. 28, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France. Honorable Mention, 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

11. Two damsel bugs (Nabis sp.)

 

Two damsel bugs (Nabis sp)

Two damsel bugs (Nabis sp.) seemingly feeding on an aphid. Background is dried leaf of Norway maple (Acer platanoides). Focus stack of 120 images. Geir Drange, Asker, Norway. Honorable Mention, 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

12. Protozoan Elphidium crispum

 

Protozoan Elphidium crispum

Protozoan Elphidium crispum found growing on the Dorset coast of England. Brightfield. Michael Gibson, Northampton, UK. Honorable Mention, 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

13. Juvenile live bay scallop Argopecten irradians

 

Juvenile live bay scallop Argopecten irradians

Juvenile live bay scallop Argopecten irradians. Through research, scientists are trying to help restore scallop populations in Rhode Island. Kathryn Markey, Aquatic Diagnostic Laboratory, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI, USA. Honorable Mention, 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

14. Cross-section of bulrush (Juncus sp.)

 

Cross-section of bulrush (Juncus sp.)

Cross-section of bulrush (Juncus sp.) leaf, autofluorescing red (chlorophyll on external side of leaf) and blue (vascular bundles). Diameter of the stalk is approximately 3mm. Jan Martinek, Ostrov, Czech Republic. Honorable Mention, 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

15. Young sporangia of slime mold Arcyria stipata

 

Young sporangia of slime mold Arcyria stipata

Young sporangia of slime mold Arcyria stipata. Fluorescence. Dalibor Matýsek, Mining University – Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic. Honorable Mention, 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

16. Sporangium of the slime mold Craterium minutum

 

Sporangium of the slime mold Craterium minutum

Sporangium of the slime mold Craterium minutum. Fluorescence. Dalibor Matýsek, Mining University – Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic. Honorable Mention, 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

17. Sporangium of the slime mold Physarum leucophaeum

 

2011 hm matysek physarum leucophaeum 20 Award Winning Microscope Images

Sporangium of the slime mold Physarum leucophaeum. Fluorescence. Dalibor Matýsek, Mining University – Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic. Honorable Mention, 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

18. Eye of a damselfly

 

Eye of a damselfly

Eye of a damselfly. The image reveals the regular, crystal-like hexagonal lattice of the eye’s elements. Projection of confocal stack, 20x objective. Igor Siwanowicz, Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology, Munich, Germany. Honorable Mention, 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

19. Detail of a pod of flowering legume Scorpius muricatus

 

Detail of a pod of flowering legume Scorpius muricatus

Detail of a pod of flowering legume Scorpius muricatus. Stereomicroscopy, darkfield illumination. Viktor Sýkora, Hyskov, Czech Republic. Honorable Mention, 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

20. Cat tooth in cross section

 

Cat tooth in cross section,

Cat tooth in cross section, showing the membrane surrounding the outside of the tooth. Darkfield illumination. Image composed of 38 images. Tim Tiebout, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA. Honorable Mention, 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

 

 

 

 

 

 

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