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Olympus Image of the Year Award 2019

Image of the Year Award 2019 has come to a close. Have a look at below to see the beautiful images we received this year. For the latest information and submission details, click here!

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The Global Winner

Winner 1

The winning image was taken by Ainara Pintor (Spain).

The stunning fluorescence image shows the immunostaining of Thy1-EGFP mouse brain slice with two fluorophores. In green, the excitatory hippocampal neurons, which express Green Fluorescent Protein under Thy1 promoter. In red, Fat mass and obesity-associated (FTO) protein revealed with Alexa Fluor 594 antibody. In blue, cell nuclei labelled with DAPI. Captured with a super resolution confocal microscope system.

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Regional Winners


Winner 1

Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Winner 2


Winner 3

The winning image was taken by Tagide deCarvalho (U.S.A.).

The beautiful fluorescence image shows the inside of a tardigrade with colorful details.

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Alan Prescott (U.K.) 's image won the EMEA regional prize.

As titled "The Mouse's Whiskers" by Alan, this fascinating shape was captured from a frozen section of a mouse using multiple fluorescent labels.

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Asia-Pacific regional prize was awarded to Howard Vindin (Australia).

This remarkable image shows the autofluorescence of a mouse embryo with 950 tiles stitched together.

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Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mention #1
Ming-Der Lin (Taiwan)

This is the ovary of a gall-inducing wasp anselmella miltoni girault showing their eggs captured with a confocal microscope.

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Honorable Mention #2
Nat Prunet (U.S.A.)

Inflorescence of arabidopsis thaliana with young, developing flower buds expressing a fluorescent reporters.

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Honorable Mention #3
Justin Zoll (U.S.A.)

A preparation of amino acids L glutamine and beta alanine crystalized out of an ethanol solution and photographed at 50X using polarizing filters.

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Honorable Mention #4
Tong Zhang (China)

Mouse spinal cord with a GFP expression and cleared with the CLARITY method.

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Honorable Mention #5
Daniela Malide (U.S.A.)

Image of 3D depth: color-coded reconstruction of confocal images of tubulin (microtubuli) in mitotic COS7 monkey fibroblast cells.

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Honorable Mention #6
Hamed Rajabi (Germany)

Captured a part of foldable wings of an insect, and named as “a road in the sky”, because veins look like roads and spines on wing membrane are like stars.

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Honorable Mention #7
Rudolf Buechi (Switzerland)

Different photonic crystals in insects on the elytron of the longhorned beetle Sternotomis pulchra.

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Honorable Mention #8
Martin Hailstone (U.K.)

Nuclei (red) and microtubules (green) highlight the neurons of the brain.

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Honorable Mention #9
Nathan Renfro (U.S.A.)

This image shows the green gem material, prase opal, which when magnified through a microscope remarkable resembles an aerial view of a coastline.

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