6 Bright Microscopic Images Of Life

Here are the winners of the 2013 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition.

For the tenth year in a row, miscroscope and camera manufacturer Olympus sponsored a light microscope photography contest, and the results are stunning. The winner, pictured above, is an aquatic carnivorous plant, photographed with many smaller microscopic plants inside its open trap.

The results show a strange, brilliant, and rarely seen world, all lit-up and magnified in the name of science.

And, in case you missed them: here are the winners from 2012 contest.

A Mandala Made Of Desmids

Desmidiales is an order of green algae.

Mastiff Bat Embryo

This is a black mastiff bat embryo seen from the side, with wings covering its eyes.

Mouse Embryonic Fibroblasts

Mouse Embryonic Fibroblasts

Humped Bladderwort Trap Entrance

This carnivorous plant consumes microscopic organisms that get caught in its mouth.

Mouse Tail Mounts

Mouse Tail Mounts

Section Of A Lily Flower Bud

Section Of A Lily Flower Bud
Kelsey D. Atherton

Kelsey D. Athertonis a defense technology journalist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work on drones, lethal AI, and nuclear weapons has appeared in Slate, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere.