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See the Stunning Scientific Photographs of the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards

These photographers have the art of capturing eye-popping visuals down to a science.

Science RealClearLife Staff

For the last 20 years, the Wellcome Image Awards have celebrated the most stunning photographs in the fields of science. No less captivating than last year’s selections, this year’s winners dazzle the imagination and visualize complex concepts.

Chosen by a panel of nine judges, this year’s winners range from a peek at the blood vessels of an African Grey Parrot to a visualization of Twitter dialogue about breast cancer. After the overall winner is announced on March 15th, the photos will appear in exhibitions in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Africa in an effort to make scientific study more accessible to a mainstream audience.

Take in the winners of the awards below. Cast a vote for the best image here for a chance to receive a print of the award-winning photo.

Wellcome Image Award winner Gabriel Gaiea
Developing spinal cord (Gabriel Galea, University College London)
Wellcome image award winner David Linstead
Cat skin and blood supply (David Linstead)
2017 Wellcome image award winners
Language pathways of the brain (Stephanie J Forkel and Ahmad Beyh, Natbrainlab, King’s College London; Alfonso de Lara Rubio, King’s College London)
Intraocular lens ‘iris clip’ (Mark Bartley, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
2017 Wellcome Image Awards Winners
Vessels of a healthy mini-pig eye (Peter M Maloca, OCTlab at the University of Basel and Moorfield
s Eye Hospital, London; Christian Schwaller; Ruslan Hlushchuk, University of Bern; Sébastien Barré)
2017 Wellcome Image Awards Winners
Hawaiian bobtail squid (Mark R Smith, Macroscopic Solutions)
2017 Wellcome Image Awards Winners
MicroRNA scaffold cancer therapy (João Conde, Nuria Oliva and Natalie Artzi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
2017 Wellcome Image Awards Winners
Surface of a mouse retina (Gabriel Luna, Neuroscience Research Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara)
Unravelled DNA in a human lung cell (Ezequiel Miron, University of Oxford)
Unravelled DNA in a human lung cell (Ezequiel Miron, University of Oxford)
#breastcancer Twitter connections (Eric Clarke, Richard Arnett and Jane Burns, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)
#breastcancer Twitter connections (Eric Clarke, Richard Arnett and Jane Burns, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)
Brain-on-a-chip (Collin Edington and Iris Lee, © Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Brain-on-a-chip (Collin Edington and Iris Lee, © Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Zebrafish eye and neuromasts (Ingrid Lekk and Steve Wilson, University College London)
Zebrafish eye and neuromasts (Ingrid Lekk and Steve Wilson, University College London)
The Placenta Rainbow (Suchita Nadkarni, William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London)
The Placenta Rainbow (Suchita Nadkarni, William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London)
Synthetic DNA channel transporting cargo across membranes (Michael Northrop)
Synthetic DNA channel transporting cargo across membranes (Michael Northrop)
Pigeon thermoregulation (Scott Echols, Scarlet Imaging and the Grey Parrot Anatomy Project)
Pigeon thermoregulation (Scott Echols, Scarlet Imaging and the Grey Parrot Anatomy Project)
Blood vessels of the African grey parrot (Scott Birch and Scott Echols )
Blood vessels of the African grey parrot (Scott Birch and Scott Echols )