Study Subject - First Place
Photographer - Warren Wong
An image of a male Leptoplina japonica parasitoid that is facing its species host, the female spotted-wing drosphila (Drosphilia suzukii), on top of a blueberry.
Study Subjects - Second Place
Photographer - John Reynolds
I found this moss on a split rail fence, and was able to use the warm afternoon sunlight instead of needing a flash.
Study Subject - Third Place
Photographer - Kris Cu
A river otter peers out of a frozen lake. One of the many local residents we encountered during my co-op term at the Summerland Research and Development Centre.
Life Under the Lens - First Place
Photographer - Taegan McFarlane
A microscope photo I took a couple of years ago in my first semester at SFU. It's looking at the wing muscle of a dronefly under polarized light. I believe the structures are tracheoles, part of the respiratory system. To the best of my knowledge, the vibrancy of the images is due to the birefringent properties of collagen.
Life Under the Lens - Second Place
Photographer - Aaron Dhanda
HeLa cells infected with pathogenic Listeria monocytogenes showing the bacteria spreading from cell-to-cell. The sample was stained with phalloidin to label filamentous actin (Green), DAPI to label the DNA in the host cell nuclei as well as the bacteria (Blue), and transfected with CD147 (Magenta) in the host cell initiating the bacterial spreading event.
Life Under the Lens - Third Place
Photographer - Abigail Feresten
The green and red lines are axons. In healthy worms, all the lines are very straight and overlapping, so that the axons can exchange information. This worm's axons do not do this, because of the mutations I gave it. This individual's AVG axon has wandered away from the other axons, but it came back.
Science in Action - First Place
Photographer - Rachel Munger
Collecting seagrass and sediment samples along a transect at one of my study sites in Rock Sound, Bahamas.
Science in Action - Second Place
Photographer - Sherry Young
"Going to the Bathroom" she said. In the high mountains of Central Asia, this aspect of field work sometimes requires a long walk before getting some privacy.
Science in Action - Third Place
Photographer - Tara Anne Mulloy
Nutrient addition with and without sheep grazing in eroded area in Icelandic highlands. They are from the field season for my master's project looking at nutrient addition and sheep grazing in the highlands of Iceland.
Wild Card - First Place
Photographer - Bernie Roitberg
Wild Card - Second Place
Photographer - Rolf Mathewes
Attached is my favourite image of a fossil Florissantia quilchenensis flower from Quilchena B.C. It has been published in a book and a paper, but it is special because I discovered this species as part of my BSc graduation project in 1969 with Robert Brooke (deceased) who supervised my 4th year research at SFU, so it is special to me. The Quilchena fossil beds are now known to be 53 million years old (Early Eocene).
Wild Card - Third Place
Photographer - Samantha Sherman
A feather star curls one of its arms at night, taken in Malaysia.
Biological Sciences Photo Contest 2020 Winners
This past semester, we put out a call to Show us your science. We invited you to submit photos, to be evaluated in 4 categories:
· Study Subject: From cells to ecosystems - show us what you work on!
· Life Under the Lens: Microscopy and imaging technology - show us your images!
· Science in Action. In the lab, at the computer, or in the field - show us biologists at work!
· Wild Card. Judges' choice!
You answered! We received 81 photos from 34 photographers, ranging from undergrads to retirees. The submissions included photos from undergrad classes and field trips, to lab work, and field work. High tech microscopy and imaging revealed the very small, you also captured the very dead (50+ million year old fossil), and you showed us photos from exotic places including: Svalbard, Galapagos, Bahamas, Malaysia, and Kyrgyzstan.
The committee gathered online to deliberate, with guest judge Dale Northey, professional photographer from SFU Creative Services. We looked at the composition of the final photo, the biological content, technical aspects of taking the photos, and the story told by the photo and caption. In the spirit of a friendly competition, each photographer was limited to a single award. The Wild Card category recognized photos that didn’t fit neatly into the first three categories. And the winners are…
1st place – Warren Wong (Parasitoid and host)
2nd place – John Reynolds (Moss reflection)
3rd place – Kris Cu (River Otter)
Life Under the Lens
1st place – Taegan McFarlane (Dronefly wing muscle)
2nd place – Aaron Dhanda (Flower of death)
3rd place – Abigail Feresten (Wanderer)
Science in Action
1st place – Rachel Munger (Underwater sampling)
2nd place – Sherry Young (Field action)
3rd place – Tara Anne Mulloy (Nutrient addition)
1st place – Bernie Roitberg (California cactus)
2nd place – Rolf Mathewes (Fossil flower)
3rd place – Samantha Sherman (Feather star)
Congratulations to the winners, and a big thank you to everyone who sent in photos and participated! Keep snapping photos…