Winners of the Wellcome Image Awards 2014

26th February 2014

 

The Wellcome Image Awards 2014 are inviting the public to ‘come closer’, with a selection of winning images that celebrate the best in science imaging talent and techniques.From scanning electron micrographs of a kidney stone and a head louse egg, to an x-ray of a bat, a three dimensional computed tomography image of a seal skull and a cross section of a flower bud, the images show in minute detail the wonder that can be found in the world around and within us. 

Not only do this year’s images offer an up close and personal look at the fascinating world of science, but, for the first time, they will be available to view at public exhibitions in science centres across the UK. The Scottish venue selected for the exhibition is Glasgow Science Centre, the five star attraction on the banks of the Clyde.

The 18 winning images were chosen by seven judges from all those acquired by the Wellcome Images picture library since the 2012 Awards, with the overall winner to be announced at an awards ceremony on 11 March 2014. 

Glasgow Science Centre will display the winning images via projection on Floor 2 of the Science Mall. Visitors to the attraction will also be able to “come closer” via a touch screen which will allow them to zoom in on the images to get a more in depth view of the image detail.

Dr Stephen Breslin, Chief Executive of Glasgow Science Centre is looking forward to opening the exhibition to visitors: “We are honoured to be the Scottish venue to display the winners of this year’s Wellcome Image Awards. Wellcome Images is one of world’s most unique collections of cultural and scientific images and is such a valuable resource. The winning images bring science to life and I think our visitors are going to enjoy discovering the wonderment of science encapsulated in such a visually striking way.”

The images will also be made available on the Wellcome Image Awards website and already feature in Wellcome Images collections, where they can be accessed and used along with more than 40,000 other contemporary biomedical and clinical images. 

Catherine Draycott, Head of Wellcome Images and a member of the judging panel said: “Every year, the Wellcome Image Awards bring to life the vibrancy of the world of science, as well as championing the incredible cutting-edge techniques in scientific imaging. This year, we are particularly delighted to be exhibiting the winners across the UK allowing many more people to come closer to these exceptional images.”

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