See some of the breathtaking imagery that science can generate. An exhibition of pictures from the 2015 Wellcome Image Awards is now open at the Eden Project.
Wellcome Images is one of the world’s richest and most distinctive image collections, covering themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science. 20 award-winning images, created using cutting-edge techniques, bring to life the vibrancy of a world of science normally hidden to the naked eye. They were selected to showcase the best in science imaging from all those acquired by the Wellcome Images picture library in the past year.
These images are on display in the mezzanine space of Eden’s Core building, including the overall winning image of a pregnant pony’s uterus, an illustration of pollen grains, a micrograph of a greenfly’s eye and a clinical photograph of an elderly woman’s curved spine.
The Eden Project is one of 11 science centres, museums and galleries worldwide to host the exhibition. Entry to the exhibition is included in Eden’s admission price. The exhibition runs until Friday May 29, 2015.
The winning photograph was taken by Michael Frank and shows a specimen from the Lanyon Anatomy Museum of the Royal Veterinary College in London. It captures the preserved uterus of a New Forest pony, approximately five months into the pregnancy, with the developing fetus still attached.
James Cutmore, Picture Editor of BBC Focus magazine, was a member of this year’s judging panel. He said: “As far as standout images go, the image of the horse’s uterus with the fetus still inside was incredible and just sticks in my mind. It evokes many different emotions at once. It’s fascinating, sad, macabre, almost brutal. Yet the subject is also delicate, detailed and beautiful. The image shows us a large and magnificent creature reduced to this sad, fragile and half-formed creation, which I find very humbling.”
Scientist and broadcaster Adam Rutherford, who presented this year’s awards, said: “The breathtaking riches of the imagery that science generates are so important in telling stories about research and helping us to understand often abstract concepts. It’s not just about imaging the very small, either: it’s about understanding life, death, sex and disease, the cornerstones of drama and art. Once again, the Wellcome Image Awards celebrate all of this and more with this year’s incredible range of winning images.”
For more information about the exhibition and opening times visit www.edenproject.com