A competition that has been running for 11 years announced its winners, crowning a team from Jenelia Research Campus as the brightest when it comes to capturing images of the smallest things on Earth. The competition is hosted by Olympus and is called the BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition. For years, many have marveled about the stunning nature of the photographs and videos that have been entered. Those judging this year’s competition found that 2014 was going to be no exception to the phenomenal rule.
The winner this year came in form of a video. The video showed a drosophila embryo and recorded it over a 24-hour period in 30-second intervals. The intricacies involved create a truly stunning result – but also a truly stunning process that required precision, and exactness throughout the entire process. The team from Janelia Research Campus, located in Ashburn, Virginia included Dr. William Lemon, Fernando Amat, and Dr. Philipp Keller. The team of three created something that impressed the judges in a particularly competitive year.
The victory, which came by the team’s interest in understanding how animals evolve over time – and how that information could be applied to medicine. Particularly focusing on how diseases evolve, and how they mutate at the smallest of levels. The team won $5,000 worth of equipment from Olympus.
It was noted by Olympus that contestants from more than 70 countries joined in this year, and that the contest has grown dramatically over its 11 year existence. Each year, the contest becomes more popular, and the prize – combined with exposure grows as well. One of the best parts of this contest is that even novice scientists can get involved and take part.
There are no degree requirements to compete, nor are there any extraordinary rules to ensure that one can compete in the competition. The rules are open, and it allows those participating to really explore and experiment where cellular science can be moved forward. The impacts of these types of studies expand far beyond science, and actually impact the medical field more directly in the long term. That is where many of the scientists hope to advance their work specifically.