2022 ZEISS Microscopy Image Contest
Winning Images 2022
In Five Categories
Life Sciences: Oral Bacteria
Dr. Tagide deCarvalho, Director of the Keith R. Porter Imaging Facility at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (USA)
The image shows tongue epithelial cells adjoined by several different species of bacteria which form a complex biofilm on the tongue’s surface. The sample has been stained with DAPI, acridine orange and calcofluor white and was acquired with the ZEISS LSM 900 confocal microscope with Airyscan detector.
“In addition to the imaging I perform for scientific collaborations and research studies, I take my own microscopy images from samples that I find in my personal environment”, explains deCarvalho her inspiration for this sample.
Materials Science: Vanadium Disulfide Semiconductor Nanoparticles
Dr. Ümit Bayram, Central Research Facility at Abdullah Gül University, Kayseri (Turkey)
The image shows the nanostructure of Vanadium disulfide for which Bayram has studied the photocatalytic properties. It has been acquired with a ZEISS GeminiSEM 300 scanning electron microscope.
“The goal with this imaging is to show that nanomaterials with a desired nano size and large surface area have been successfully synthesized and to characterize them accurately”, Bayram emphasizes the quality of the image. “At first glance, this image gave me the feeling of "the coolest flowers in a nano-sized flower shop", he recounts.
Geosciences & Natural Resources: Microfossil of Radiolarian for Micropaleontology
Dr. Sebastien Colin, Max Planck Institute for Biology, Tuebingen (Germany)
The diversity of modern marine unicellular eukaryotes, the dynamic of their populations and their complex interaction networks are still poorly understood – yet they are responsible for a significant part of the Earth’s biogeochemistry.
“Using a confocal microscope to reveal the elegant skeleton of ancient radiolarians that were drifting in the ocean tens to hundreds of thousands of years before the invention of optical sectioning fascinates me”, says Colin. The image has been acquired with a ZEISS LSM 780 confocal microscope.
Education: Vitamin C Crystals
Dr. Robert Berdan, Science & Art Multimedia, Calgary (Canada)
Vitamin C, when dissolved in water and ethanol and then dried on a microscope slide, often forms large, beautiful crystals that can be viewed with polarized light microscopy. This image has been acquired with a ZEISS Axio Scope.A1 light microscope.
“Sometimes vitamin C crystals form in large sheets and other times the crystals are isolated and can appear star-shaped and sun-like“, describes Berdan one of his favorite samples. “I have been fascinated with microscopes, photography and single-celled organisms since I was a teenager. Most of my photomicrographs are now used for education”, he summarizes.
Microscopy as a Hobby: Head of Mosquito Larva
Hong Lin, Foshan City (China)
Lin's work focuses on the diversity of aquatic microorganisms in river waters. The sample is taken from a mosquito larva in the Pearl River in Guangzhou. The image has been acquired with a ZEISS Axiostar light microscope.
“I am very happy to have taken this photograph, which illustrates the tracheal distribution of the thorax and head of a mosquito larva. And I think it is a successful attempt to combine science and art”, describes Lin his success.
Being awarded third place in last year’s image contest, it has been both an honor and a great experience to serve as part of the jury in this year’s contest. I was overwhelmed by the quality and variety of the images. I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to the prize-winners of the 2022 ZEISS Microscopy Image Contest.
Cleared Mouse Brain
ZEISS LSM 880 with Airyscan
C.-W. L. Hsu, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston (USA)
Paraffin Section of Mouse Large Intestine
ZEISS LSM 700
Z. Johan, University of South Australia, Adelaide (Australia)
Mouse Intestinal Entire Organoid
ZEISS LSM 980 with Airyscan 2
S. Saha, University of Stuttgart (Germany)
ZEISS Lightsheet Z.1
S. Dupichaud, Plateforme d'Imagerie Cellulaire SFR Necker, Paris (France)
ZEISS Axio Imager
Y. Xie, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou (China)
Calcite Crystals on a Shell
A. González Segura, University of Granada (Spain)
Pollinating Yarrow Flower
Z. Adamski, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (Poland)
Petrographic Thin Section
ZEISS Primostar 3
A. Da Mommio, University of Milan (Italy)
Cetonia Aurata (Rose Chafer)
ZEISS Xradia 620 Versa
S. Pechmann, Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Forchheim (Germany)
M.V. Santos Leandro, Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
Rodent Organ of Corti
ZEISS Sigma VP
L. Andrade, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego (USA)
ZEISS LSM 800
J.-S. Won, Biomedical Research Institute of Kyungpook National University Hospital, Daegu (South Korea)