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Dandelion, stained cross section of the composite structure of the flower showing individual florets.
Microscope images of creatures, vitamins, crystals, UK - Sep 2016
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These incredible microscopic images of creatures, vitamins, crystals and even a fetus are to be recognised with an award from the Royal Photographic Society. Spike Walker has been fascinated by photomicrography since he got his first microscope just after the conclusion of the Second World War, when he was about 12-years-old. Now his life's passion is to be recognised with a Scientific Imaging Award from one of the world's oldest and prestigious photographic societies. The accolade is given to an individual for a body of photography which promotes public knowledge and understanding. The RPS said Spike's decades of work and immeasurable contribution to the field make him the perfect recipient.
Behold these microscopic images of vitamins, crystals, and even a fetus so incredible they have been honored by the Royal Photographic Society.
The RPS honored photographer Spike Walker, 82, for his decades of work and immeasurable contribution to the field of scientific photography. His fascinating shots, in some cases magnified by 300 times, include an intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a procedure in which a single sperm is injected directly into an egg. (His personal favorite photo is the blue and orange picture of a male beetle using its suckers to grip the female during mating.)
Walker began his photomicrography career in 1947, two years after getting his first microscope at the age of 12. He graduated in 1956 from the University of Liverpool with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then began a dual career: from 1957 to 1989 he taught science in high schools and colleges, while also working as a freelance photomicrographer. He sold his first photomicrographs in 1961 and also received the 1961 Royal Society Award for Scientific Research.
See the work of a man brilliantly combining art and science below.