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Nature's secrets revealed in Wellcome Image Awards

Written on 4 Mar 2016 in Press Mentions

Many of the images capture use advanced medical photography to capture scenes that are invisible to the human eye. One winner is an image of the human brain created using diffusion tensor tractography, which tracks the movement of water molecules to reconstruct the orientation of fibres in the brain.

Other images are taken by electron microscopes at millions of times the magnification of light microscopes. To observe samples in their natural condition through electron microscopes, often the sample must be frozen at temperatures lower than -150°C . Electrons are then bounced of the surface of the sample to reveal detailed information about its structure.

The images can be seen in person in a number of venues in the UK, including the Cambridge Science Centre and the Eden Project in Cornwall. A full list of venues, including others in Europe and Africa, can be found on the Wellcome Collection's website.

BBC Medical Correspondent and member of the Wellcome judging panel said: "The Wellcome Image Awards consistently uncover a stunning range of images that not only capture the imagination but help bring complex concepts to life. From otherworldly pictures to intricate close ups, these spectacular images draw you in and tell important stories about medical research today."

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at a ceremony on 15 March, where the overall winner will also be announced.