Life Science Image Awards
2017 Life Science Image Awards
The 2017 Life Science Image Awards have ended and we're excited to share news of the winners selected by our panel of judges. Images were submitted under the themes of Health & Wellbeing, Health & Technology and Beauty in Medicine.
Congratulations to this years winners:
Image of the Year Award 2017: ‘Alligator in the Rain’ by Samantha Arokiasamy (pictured above) Best Image in Beauty in Medicine: ‘Microsystem’ by Kseniya Shuturminska Best Image in Health and Technology: ‘Explore the universe from your hospital bed’ by Ella Strickland de Souza Best Image in Health and Wellbeing: ‘Sports for a healthy heart beat’ by Natalia Dominik People’s Choice Award: ‘Mental Health - The Forgotten Cousin’ by Richard Chantler (this award was decided by public vote at the Festival of Communities)
Given the strength of the submitted images, the judges also decided to select some images for special recognition.
Highly Commended Images:
‘Pancreatic cancer cell - Furry sphere’ by Estelle Collin
‘Space Exploration - Immune Cells in Action’ by Tamara Girbl ‘Shining Brightest in the Darkest of Nights’ by Nurul Hazwani Binti Osman
All images can be viewed in the gallery below.
With special thanks to all participants and our judging panel:
Professor Peter McOwan, Vice Principal for Public Engagement & Student Enterprise Victoria Adrienne, Life Sciences Initiative Director of Administration Councillor Asma Begum, Tower Hamlets Councillor for West Bow and Cabinet Member for Culture Meghan Lambert, Wellcome Images, Wellcome Trust
2017 Life Sciences Image Awards Showcasing the images submitted to the inaugural LSI Life Sciences Image Awards. Microscopic Health by Madeleine Hart Health & Wellbeing "This image depicts one human cell dividing into two – in a process called mitosis. This cell division process is essential for our existence, as it is the method by which we grow and is also fundamental to maintain our health." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 The River Thames at Sunset by Wendy Lowe Health & Wellbeing "The photograph was taken in the evening when the sun was just disappearing behind the horizon making a spectacular golden infused landscape. The awesome nature of the landscape at this time always feels inspirational to me which is one of the best ways that I have found to promote my own health and wellbeing - by being in touch with the majestic natural world." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 Mind Over Matter by Nital Sumaria Health & Wellbeing "I took this photo during a mountaineering trip in the Rwenzori Ranges in March during the final accent to Margherita Peak. To reach the summit, we had to traverse two glaciers, face a snow blizzard and put mind over matter. Bosco (my guide, pictured here) helped me to conquer the mountain." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 Image of the Year: Alligator in the Rain by Samantha Arokiasamy Image of the Year "This is a confocal image of an inflamed tissue depicting lymphatic vessels (green)surrounded by intravasating white blood cells called neutrophils (blue). Neutrophil migration into the lymphatic system is the first step towards specific development of one’s body defensive response (acquired immunity) against future invading pathogens." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 Best Image, Beauty in Medicine: Microsystem by Kseniya Shuturminska Best Image, Beauty in Medicine These butterflies and flower are tiny crystals that are not visible with the naked eye. They are smaller than the diameter of a human hair. These crystal structures are calcium phosphate mineral, the mineral that makes up our teeth and bones. We are looking to grow structures similar to our teeth to treat tooth decay, since our current methods have many downfalls. originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 Best Image, Health & Technology: Explore the Universe From Your Hospital Bed by Ella Strickland de Souza Best Image, Health & Technology "My illustration was inspired by the growing use of Virtual Reality in healthcare. VR is used in a number of medical scenarios, for example to help treat PTSD, to train surgeons and to distract patients undergoing painful procedures. I chose to draw VR being used as a tool to help entertain and alleviate boredom for those who may be bed bound in a hospital ward." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 Best Image, Health & Wellbeing: Sports for a Healthy Heart Beat by Natalia Dominik Best Image, Health & Wellbeing "I keep healthy by doing sports and trying to eat well. In my drawing, I’m trying to show that sports have beneficial effects on our hearts; but also, that there are many different types of physical activity and every individual can potentially find an exercise they enjoy!" originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 People's Choice Award: Mental Health - The Forgotten Cousin by Richard Chantler People's Choice Award "Mental health is often overlooked, ignored or avoided due to the stigma attached to it. It is often something which is only realised when reflected upon some time later, too. I feel this image of a sadhu (holy man) relaxing in Varanasi, India, is a reminder to make time for oneself, to ensure positive mental health and wellbeing." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 Highly Commended: Pancreatic Cancer Cell - Furry Sphere by Estelle Collin Highly Commended "The image is a scanning electron microscope image of a pancreatic cancer cell cultured in a hydrogel of peptide amphiphiles, molecules that self-assembled into a gel-like structure. The aim of this work is to mimic the cancer microenvironment in a petri dish in order to use it as a model for cancer drug testing." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 Highly Commended: Space Exploration - Immune Cells in Action by Tamara Girbl Highly Commended "The microscopy image was captured during the onset of an inflammatory response in a muscular tissue. An inflammatory insult has caused neutrophils (blue) - that are normally located in the blood - to breach blood vessel walls (pink, endothelial cells) and infiltrate the surrounding tissue." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 Highly Commended: Shining Brightest in the Darkest of Nights by Nurul Hazwani Binti Osman Highly Commended "The inspiration of this image is based on a quote by Ali Ibn Abi Talib RA: "Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety, after all it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly." This quote really lightens me up during hard times and makes me realise that it is important to understand my mental health and wellbeing." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 The Neural Universe by Valerie Oyinkansola Arofin originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 Grumpy Dogs, Outrages Crabs and Jolly Jellyfish by Heidrun Bien Beauty in Medicine "This is an image taken during an MRI scan of my brain (a structural scan as part of an MRI experiment). To me the selected slices look like grumpy dogs, outrages crabs or jolly jellyfish – they always make me smile and suggest how medical research can indeed be beautiful." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 Who Knew the Small Intestine Could Be So Beautiful? by Claire Dent Beauty in Medicine "The image shows a fluorescent small intestine of a mouse embryo. Most of the cells glow red except the endothelial cells which glow green and the nuclei which are stained blue. I was taking a photo of the whole mouse embryo using a microscope, when I came across this part of the small intestine. I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 Annulus Fibrosus by Alan Boyde Beauty in Medicine "The first image ever produced by a newly invented method of polarised light microscopy (PLM) of a very thin, laser-ablation machined (also a new technique), non-decalcified section of a mouse tail embedded in poly-methylmethacrylate (PMMA)." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 Explosion of Life by Madeleine Hart Beauty in Medicine "This firework of colour is a human cell during cell division. Shown in blue are the chromosomes, which contain the genetic material for each cell. Within the cell there are two components which act to preserve the correct number of chromosomes; the microtubules (red) and the kinetochore (one protein of which, CREST, is shown in green)." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 Myelinating Oligodendrocytes by Patrick Pallier Beauty in Medicine "Half of the brain’s volume is white matter, which is groups of myelinated axons connecting neurons. Oligodendrocytes (green) produce myelin, a sheath that wraps around axons to accelerate impulse conduction. When the sheath is damaged, the transmission of information between neurons slows down or fails completely, and brain/spinal cord functions become hampered or lost." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 Hypoxic Staining of the Hair Follicle by Kous Shah Beauty in Medicine "Hair follicles present one of the highest rates of cell division in the human body, they constitute a highly instructive model for studying some of the most important general questions in translationally relevant biology, including metabolism. My PhD research is based on understanding the role hypoxia (low oxygen) and metabolism within this fascinating mini-organ." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 Neural Pearls and Lattice Thoughts by Orli Thau Zuchman originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 Home Made Simulator for Teaching Emergency Surgical Skills by Issa Beegun Health & Technology "Hand crafted sculpture of the human larynx, nasal cavity, ear canal and carina have been inserted into a polystyrene manikin. The device has been used across the world to teach emergency procedures used on patients suffering with life threatening ear nose and throat conditions." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 3D Printing - Turning Medicine on its Head by Alex Cresswell-Boyes Health & Technology "The picture shows only a small potential of what 3D printers can achieve for the medical world, the ability to create any complex shape, from a variety of different materials. The model is a human skull, which is being printed out by the printer, layer by layer, to build up a complex structure made of plastic." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 Cloudy Photosynthesis by Francesco Saccon Health & Technology "The picture depicts a step towards the purification of light harvesting complexes of plants, devoted to the absorption of energy from the sun. The dark green pigment at the top of each tube is chlorophyll-enriched plant extract. Proteins will be eventually separated in a gradient according to their density." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 Together Through the Waves by Heidrun Bien Health & Wellbeing "Photography-based, detail hugely enlarged and colour-filtered to create a more abstract, interesting and relatable picture. An underwater scene, showing two arms, holding hands, holding on to each-other through the waves." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625 The City Where Everything Grows by Rachel Buxton Health & Wellbeing "Moving away from home to attend university is daunting, but it’s an opportunity to grow. Since being here I have grown in knowledge, experiences, and friends. My image depicts a bonding moment in our flat. We realised we had onions that had started to sprout so had a competition to see who’s could grow the tallest." originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AM width 625 height 625