The winners of the inaugural Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) science photo competition have been announced. BBSRC is based at North Star, Swindon. BBSRC-funded researchers were asked to submit images that capture the excitement of new knowledge; the intricacies of research; or the sheer beauty of the natural world.
Images were entered into one of three categories:
· Concepts – illustrations of concepts in any area of contemporary bioscience research, including standard, generated or computer-manipulated images.
· Agriculture, Food, Diet and Health – scientific images illustrating the science underpinning agriculture, food, and diet and health.
· People – images of people that convey either the role of researchers or the impact of research on everyday life
The winner of each category received £500 worth of vouchers to purchase photographic equipment. A runner up prize of £100 of vouchers was also awarded in each category. There was one overall winner of the competition who received £700 of vouchers.
The winners were as follows:
Overall winner: Thomas Endlein, University of Cambridge
Concepts category winner: Jolyon Troscianko, University of Birmingham
Concepts category runner up: Emma Foster, University of Leeds
Agriculture, Food, Diet and Health category winner: Felicity Crotty, North Wyke Research
Agriculture, Food, Diet and Health category runner up: Rob Wüst, University of Leeds
People category winner: Emma Foster, University of Leeds
People category runner up: Marcus Fischer, University of York
The researchers’ success in the competition is down to their ability to achieve an image that not only has aesthetic merit, but also succeeds in conveying complex scientific subjects in research, issues in science and society, life in research, as well as contemporary topics in bioscience (such as, but not limited to, food security, bioenergy, and health).
Paul Gemmill, BBSRC Director of Communications and Information Management said: “The entrants gave the competition judges a difficult job because the standard of images entered for the compeition was remarkably high. The creative flair shown by scientists in our community is impressive and their skill in using photographs to communicate ideas in bioscience is highly commendable. We would like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone who entered for their efforts in creating these really wonderful images.”
The overall winning image is pictured above (copyright: Thomas Endlein, University of Cambridge)