Microscope Image of Carnivorous Plant Wins 10th Anniversary Olympus BioScapes Competition

/ PRNewswire / — Vegetarians beware! A spellbinding photo of the yawning trap of a carnivorous plant has taken First Prize in the 2013 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition®, the world’s foremost forum for showcasing microscope images and movies of life science subjects. Igor Siwanowicz, a researcher from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, Va., captured the eerily fascinating photo of the floating humped bladderwort plant. The confocal image was selected from more than 2100 entries to earn Dr. Siwanowicz $5,000 worth of Olympus equipment.
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Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Olympus BioScapes Competition is the world’s premier platform for honoring images and movies of human, plant and animal subjects as captured through light microscopes. Entries are judged based on the science they depict, their beauty or impact, and the technical expertise involved in capturing them. Entrants can use any brand of microscope. In addition to the Top 10 winners, 69 Honorable Mentions received recognition. Awardees came from 16 states of the U.S. and 22 other countries; competition participants hailed from 71 nations, making this year’s competition the most international to date.

“BioScapes movies and images combine art and science to remind us of the wonders of the natural world and highlight vital work going on in laboratories,” said Brad Burklow, Executive Director of International Business for the Scientific Equipment Group of Olympus America Inc. “They serve as an inspiration to young people seeking careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For a decade, Olympus has been dedicated to bringing these amazing images and stories to the world.”

A selection of images and videos will be displayed in a museum tour traveling the U.S. next year. The 2013 winners’ tour is sponsored by Olympus America in cooperation with Scientific American.

Next year’s competition, which closes September 30, 2014, is already open for participants. Visit

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