Evident Announces 2022 Global Image of the Year Award Winners

(Evident: Waltham, MA) — Evident unveiled the winners of its fourth Global Image of the Year Scientific Light Microscopy Award, an annual competition that recognizes the best in scientific imaging worldwide. The winners were selected from 640 images submitted from 38 countries around the world.

Global winner

Shyam Rathod, from India, was selected as the winner of the new dedicated category for materials science and engineering images. Rathod will receive an Olympus SZ61 stereo microscope for his colorful image showing the crystal of a topical medicine for wart treatment.

Regional winners

“This is a fantastic feeling,” Formery says. “Two years ago, I won an honorable mention from IOTY. Winning the global award feels like an incredible achievement and shows I made progress. I love microscopy and can spend a huge amount of time in front of our confocal microscope, but the very nice samples that I am lucky to work with really make the difference. I work with marine invertebrates, in particular echinoderms (sea stars, sea urchins, and their kind). They are beautiful animals, with a fascinating and aesthetically pleasing fivefold symmetry that is unlike anything else in the animal kingdom. We know little about how these animals shape their fivefold body, which is the topic of my research. Echinoderms, and marine invertebrates in general, are often not well-known animals. I’m happy that taking images of them helps communicate how much beauty we have in our oceans, and why it is important to know more about them and protect them.”

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Laurent Formery, from the United States, was selected as the global winner for his stunning image of the nervous system of a juvenile sea star (Patiria miniata). The small sample, about 1 cm wide, was labeled with an antibody against acetylated tubulin after optical clearing and captured using a color-coded Z-projection. Formery chose to image this sea star to showcase the beauty of science in the oceans.

The contest launched on Oct. 4, 2022, with a call for users to submit their best scientific images through March 31, 2023. All entries were evaluated on artistic and visual aspects, scientific impact, and microscope proficiency.

To learn more about the award-winning images and the microscope techniques used to capture them, visit Olympus-LifeScience.com/IOTY.

Honorable mentions include: Layra Cintrón-Rivera, Katelin Murphy, and Michael Shribak from the U.S.; Jing Ling, Mei Yu, Liu Ruming, and Ru Jinwei from China; Robert Berdan, Canada; Uriel Ruiz, Mexico; and Thorben Danke, Germany.

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