Congratulations to former Olympus BioScapes Competition Honorable Mention winner Eric Betzig on being named a recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with fellow researchers Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner.

Check out the 10th Anniversary Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition® winners here!

Stay Tuned for the Announcement of the 2014 Competition Winners on December 16, 2014

What’s cooler than the intersection of awesome art and serious science? For the past decade, we’ve celebrated some of the world’s most amazing images of life’s wonders as seen through microscopes. This year, the Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition celebrates our 11th Anniversary. Take a look at the Gallery and enjoy some extraordinary images and videos of the natural world. Then share links to the images you like best with your friends and colleagues.

The Olympus BioScapes Competition is widely recognized as the world’s foremost showcase for outstanding images and movies of life science subjects captured through light microscopes. Earlier this fall, four individuals widely respected in the fields of microscopy and imaging were invited to select the winners and honorable mentions. And they had a monumental task, because this year, researchers and microscope enthusiasts from 71 countries submitted more than 2100 still images and movies to our competition, making it the largest and most international BioScapes ever. The beauty, power and importance of science as portrayed by these incredible images and movies captivated this year’s panel of judges and is delighting viewers worldwide.

On this website, in addition to viewing our image galleries, you can download screensavers, get more information on your favorite images and movies, and learn more about the Olympus BioScapes Competition, its rules, judges and prizes. Along with this website, we also have a traveling museum exhibit. Tell us if you know of a university or science museum in the US or Canada that might be interested in BioScapes.

As the Olympus BioScapes Competition celebrates its 11th Anniversary, we continue to call the world’s attention to the fascinating stories being told through images and movies captured by professional and amateur scientists the world over. You can help celebrate this amazing intersection of science and art by sharing links with people you know, and, if you capture microscope photos, by submitting your own microscope images to next year’s competition. Enjoy browsing our website!

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