A luminous golden ‘fairy fly' that seems to defy gravity as it hovers with feathered wings against a dark background took top prize in the 2008 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition, the world's foremost forum for showcasing microscope photos and videos of life science subjects. Mr. M. I. “Spike” Walker of Staffordshire, England, took top honors for the shimmering image of what is called a fairy fly, actually a tiny wasp that may be the world's smallest insect at only 0.21mm long, or 1/25 the length of the average red ant. The eerily glowing wasp, captured in exquisite detail, reveals the extraordinary delicacy, balance, beauty, and numerous colors in the diminutive creature. Mr. Walker's image triumphed over more than 1500 other images and movies - a competition record - to earn First Prize, $5000 worth of Olympus equipment. Now in its fifth year, the Olympus BioScapes competition is the world's premier platform for honoring images and videos of human, plant and animal subjects as captured through light microscopes. Any life science subject is eligible, and entries are judged based on the science they depict, their aesthetics (beauty and impact of the image), and their technical merit. This year, in addition to Prizes 1-10, 70 other images and movies were recognized with Honorable Mentions. All images and the names of all honorees may be viewed online at www.olympusbioscapes.com.
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. (Business Wire EON) November 14, 2008 -- This year's winning images reflect a fascination with the awe-inspiring influence of science in everyday life, with surprising views of white wine, human teeth, ticks, wings and feathers, fruit flies, honeybees, mosquitoes, moss, pollen, lobster eggs, tongues, snails and petrified wood among the honorees. Across the spectrum are other images t
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