Credit Luis de la Torre-Ubieta, Geschwind Laboratory, UCLA, Wellcome Images

Wellcome Image Awards 2015

Every year, the Wellcome Trust holds a competition in which scientists can submit images of their work, called the Wellcome Image Awards.

Wellcome Images is one of the world’s largest collections of scientific images ranging from historical medical photographs to 3D rendered biomedical images. Since 1997 they have asked the public to submit scientific photographs and images to be displayed at museums around the UK, and to compete for a prize.

This year, the entries were fantastic. The overall winner, shown below, depicts a pregnant pony uterus. While shocking, the photograph is also incredibly powerful.

Pregnant uterus, equine. Credit Michael Frank, Royal Veterinary College, Wellcome Images
Pregnant uterus, equine. Credit Michael Frank, Royal Veterinary College, Wellcome Images

My personal favourite, up at the start of this post is a coronal view of a mouse brain (effectively a map, using a fluorescent protein to visualise a subset of neurones), while the Jackson Pollock-style Transmission Electron Micrograph (TEM) image of a fruit fly’s central nervous system is also fantastic.

Nervous system in a fruit fly larva, serial section TEM. Credit Albert Cardona, HHMI Janelia Research Campus, Wellcome Images
Nervous system in a fruit fly larva, serial section TEM. Credit Albert Cardona, HHMI Janelia Research Campus, Wellcome Images

Check out all of this year’s winners at the Wellcome Images official site- you can also browse competition winners from previous years.

The winning images are currently on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, UK.

Image credit: Mouse brain, coronal view: Luis de la Torre-Ubieta, Geschwind Laboratory, UCLA, Wellcome Images

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