Chicken embryos, a forest of micro-needles, and a rather gory brain picture — welcome to this year’s Wellcome Image Awards.
Catherine Draycott, one of the award judges, says the 16 images that made the final cut and are now on display in London were chosen for their scientific and technical merit as much as for their aesthetic appeal. “They offer people a chance to get closer to science and research and see it in a different way, as a source of beauty as well as providing important information about ourselves and the world around us,” said Draycott, head of Wellcome Images, in a statement.
Here are the five the Nature News team liked most. Be warned: the winning image below may tick the ‘eww’ box for as many people as it ticks the ‘beautiful image’ box for.
Wellcome Image Awards 2012 is at the Wellcome Collection, London, until 31 December.