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NI Photo Contest 2018: Finalist #3

And now, the Nature India photo contest 2018 finalist number three:

Rajib Schubert, Postdoctoral scientist, California Institute of Technology, USA.

Caption: Fighting virus nano-style

Rajib Schubert

Here’s what Rajib has to say about this image that unveils a nanotechnology-aided probable solution to viral infections:

Rajib Schubert

Vector borne diseases such as dengue continue to plague the world today with no concrete solution in sight. Nanotechnology may offer a potential solution. To believe that nanotechnology works we need to see it in action. However, this is challenging as the subject at hand is very small — smaller than what the naked eye can see (in the nanometre range or tinier than a needle tip).

This scanning electron microscope image shows nanoparticles (the big spheres) coated with special chemicals which can trap the dengue viruses (the small spheres) from whole blood serum. It points us to one of the future solutions to dengue — trapping the infectious virus particles and making them ineffective.

I acquired this image in September 2017 at the Swiss Tropical Institute in Basel, Switzerland.

Congratulations for making it to top ten, Rajib!

The Nature India editorial and design teams will shortlist the top three from the ten stunning images we are rolling out now in no particular order of merit. Nature India’s final decision to chose the winner will be partly influenced by the engagement and reception these pictures receive here at the Indigenus blog, on Twitter and on Facebook. To give all finalists a fair chance, we will consider the social media engagement each picture gets only during the first seven days of its announcement. The final results will be announced sometime in late January 2019.

The winner of the Nature India photo contest 2018 will get a cash award of $350, the second prize is worth $250 and the third $200. Photographs will be judged for novelty, creativity, quality and printability by a panel of Nature Research editors and photographers alongside a leading Indian scientist working in the area of vector-borne diseases. The winner and two runners-up will receive a copy of the Nature India Annual Volume 2017 and a bag of goodies (including Collector’s first issues of Nature and Scientific American and some other keepsakes) from the Nature Research. One of the winning entries also stands a chance of being featured on the cover a forthcoming print publication.

So watch out for our other finalists and feel free to promote, share and like your favourite entries with the hashtag #NatureIndphoto.

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