The winners of the 2012 Nikon Small World Photomicrography competition were announced on 23 October, with this year’s top honours going to Dr Jennifer Peters and Dr Michael Taylor of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Their photomicrograph, “The blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo” is believed to be the first-ever image showing the formation of the blood-brain barrier in a live animal.
Nikon Small World recognises excellence in photomicrography, honouring Drs Peters and Taylor along with 97 other winners from around the world – some of whom won multiple times – who submitted images that showcase the delicate balance between outstanding scientific technique and exquisite artistic quality.
“Year over year, we receive incredible images from all over the world for the Nikon Small World Competition, and it is our privilege to honour and showcase these talented researchers and photomicrographers,” said Eric Flem, Communications Manager, Nikon Instruments. “We are proud that this competition is able to demonstrate the true power of scientific imaging and its relevance to both the scientific communities as well as the general public.”
First place winners Peters and Taylor partnered to capture the image highlighting their research of the blood brain barrier. “We used fluorescent proteins to look at brain endothelial cells and watched the blood-brain barrier develop in real-time,” said Drs Peters and Taylor. “We took a three-dimensional snapshot under a confocal microscope. Then, we stacked the images and compressed them into one – pseudo colouring them in rainbow to illustrate depth.”
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