Photographer and neurobiologist Igor Siwanowicz captures the striking complexity of insects using a laser-scanning microscope.
“His brilliantly colored images show the tree-like structures of moth antennas, the wild details of barnacle legs, and the otherworldly shapes of plant spores. The photos are made with a confocal laser-scanning microscope capable of ‘seeing’ vast amounts of detail beyond what you might capture with a traditional lens-based microscope.”
The finalists of the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards have been announced, showcasing the best science-related imagery from the past year. This year’s crop features a bioluminescent squid, a high-tech contact lens, and a microscopic ‘brain’ on a chip.
The winners will be announced on March 15 at the Wellcome Trust in London. Judges will be evaluating the images for quality, technique, visual impact, and their ability to communicate and engage. Here are our favorites.