We weren’t all born with brains that can easily comprehend the finer points of scientific discovery. But most of us were born with brains, and most of those brains like to look at nice photos, from time to time.
That’s why it’s so great that the Wellcome Image Award has such a head on approach to educating the average, unscientific pleb. The competition seeks to encourage those who can visually represent healthcare and biomedical science in striking and informative ways, thus enlightening brains of all kinds.
And that’s exactly what finalists Mark R. Smith, Scott Echols, Collin Edington and Iris Lee have achieved with their 2017 Wellcome Image Award entries. Considered to have produced the best collection of bio-scientific pictures by a panel of medically trained judges, Mark has captured a luminous bobtail squid, Collin and Iris have focussed on conveying natural stem cells growing on a synthetic gel, and Scott has managed to show the incredible blood vessel network of a pigeon. There’s also a close-up of an Iris clip intra-ocular lens, taken by Mark Bartley, which didn’t win, but looks awesome all the same.