Description of contest: 2013 Art of Science Photomicrography Calendar Contest
Images depicting studies with zebrafish, xenopus, or other aquatic species were judged on both technical execution and artistic rendition by an outside panel of both science and art professionals. The three winning photos will be featured on Aquaneering’s 2013 calendar, which will be distributed in the January issues of ALN and Zebrafish Magazines. Aquaneering builds high quality aquatic environments for laboratory animals, including zebrafish and xenopus.
The earliest germ cells in the zebrafish ovary contain a population of germline stem cells. In this double transgenic adult zebrafish ovary imaged via fluorescent confocal microscopy, the ziwi promoter drives expression of mCherry in all germ cells (red) including early stage germ cells, while the vasa promoter drives expression of eGFP only in later stage oocytes (green), and DNA has been stained with DAPI (blue).
Here are some more truly inspiring and beautiful images from the world of biology. The 2011 winners and past years can be seen here at the Olympus BioScapes website
A quick Boston.com summary of the photo competition
FIRST PLACE – Specimen: Rotifer Floscularia ringens feeding. Its rapidly beating cilia (hair-like structures) bring water-containing food to the rotifer. Technique: Differential interference contrast microscopy. (Charles Krebs/Issaquah, Washington, USA)
FIFTH PLACE – Specimen: Live coral Goniastrea sp., known as green brain coral. One full polyp in the center is shown with four surrounding polyps. Walled corallites are purple. Technique: Phase contrast illumination. (James H. Nicholson/NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/Fort Johnson Marine Resources Center/Charleston, South Carolina, USA) #
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology hosts a yearly photo contest (with a volume submissions we can only aspire to), this year’s winner showcase some truly remarkable and incredible research, stunning visual imagery, and aesthetics on par with any great artwork.
Each day scientific investigators produce thousands of images during the course of their research. FASEB believes that these images are an important, yet underutilized, resource in the community’s effort to engage and educate the general public and policy makers about biomedical research.
FASEB is seeking the submission of captivating, high resolution images that represent the cutting edge of 21st
century biomedical research. These laboratory-based images must be original photographs or illustrations by current or former National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded investigators, contractors, or trainees or members of FASEB constituent societies
. Further, each submission must also include a nontechnical, 100-word statement that articulates the broader relevance of the science represented by the image. When viewed in conjunction with the supporting nontechnical statement, submissions should be both visually arresting and clearly communicate a cutting edge biomedical science concept.
The Annual Meeting & BBQ are fast approaching and so is the deadline for the BMCDB blog Photo Contest 2012!
Have you already submitted your science photo? If not, send it to BMCDB.UCDavis@gmail.com with a short description.
Also, have you already voted on the current contestants?
And yes, you can win money, but only if you participate of course!
We at the BMCDB Blog proudly invite you to be part of our next photo contest! Have a cool picture that you took in the course of working on you research? Send it in to our email at BMCDB.UCDavis@gmail.com with a short description of what the picture is, and how it was taken/processed. These pictures do not have to be significant or interesting data, just some of the really cool images we produce in the course of doing science. The emphasis of this contest is on aesthetics so doctored photos are alright, just make note of what program you used. We will award prizes for the top 3 photos at the BMCDB BBQ in June, last year’s prizes included a $70 and $50 Costco gift card along with lots of other great swag. So send us your picture today, and keep up with ground breaking science, UC Davis News, funny links, BMCDB social events, and all kinds of good stuff at the Official BMCDB Blog!
The first year (incoming second year) BMCDB students are in the early planning stages for the fall colloquium. We are currently looking for research images to adorn the booklets for this year’s colloquium.
If you are interested in having an image of your research featured on the booklet, please send a file to Andy Murley (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or this blog (email@example.com). All submissions will be featured on this blog and 1-2 images will be selected for the front and back covers of this year’s booklet by the colloquium planning committee. Winners will receive fame and a prize that is TBD.
Please send your submissions by Friday August 12.
BMCDB 1st Years
Thank you so far to everyone who has submitted a photo! Please check out the recent uploaded submissions and vote for your favorite.
And if you have a photo you’d like to submit, it’s not too late! Just send them over to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post it up right away.