As we enter the last phase of selections for this year, here’s the finalist number 10 in the Nature India Photo Contest 2015:
Shiva Shankar Talloju, Hyderabad, India
Photo caption: ‘Eyes waiting to see’
Shiva Shankar took this photo from under a glass table at the Artificial Eye Clinic in L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India. The photo shows human cornea, donated by families after a loved one has died, stored in a red liquid (the McCarey Kaufman medium) .
Shiva Shankar says: “The donor cornea is sutured onto the blind patient by an eye surgeon who has expertise in performing cornea transplantations. The matrix of bottled human corneas seen here is the ‘product’ of an eye bank where the team of technicians and managers work together 24×7.”
Congratulations Shiva Shankar for spotting this unusual pattern and getting into the top 15!
In its second year, the Nature India Photo Contest received hundreds of entries from around the world. The theme for 2015 was ‘Patterns’, conceived with the idea of appreciating the art in all things science — geometric, natural, abstract, under the microscope, in/on the human body or in space.
The entries have been from amateur and professional photographers, scientists and non-scientists and shot on a variety of equipment, from mobile cameras to high-end DSLRs. All these elements have made the photo contest a great experience in looking at patterns across landscapes, demographics and cultures.
The Nature India editorial and design team has a tough job at hand — of choosing just three winners, whose entries will grace the cover page of one of our forthcoming print publications. The winner and two runners-up will receive a copy of the just released Nature India Special Annual Volume and a bag of goodies from the Nature Publishing Group.
As a run up to the final announcement, we are now rolling out the top 15 finalists (in no particular order of merit) this fortnight on the Indigenus blog as well as our social media platforms (Twitter and Facebook). The final results will be announced in November 2015.
Nature India’s final decision to chose the winner will be partly influenced by the engagement and reception he/she receives here at the Indigenus blog, on Twitter and on Facebook. To give all finalists a fair chance, we will take into consideration the social media engagement of each picture only during the first seven days of its announcement.
So watch out for our other finalists and feel free to promote, share and like your favourite entries with the hashtag #NatureIndphoto.