Thanks to everyone who entered the 2021 CAM Image Competition. This year's standard was extremely high and our judges had a very tough time picking the winners from so many beautifully crafted images. Still, we had to make a choice, and the following images came out on top *drumroll*:
1st Prize: Rudolph in the Bush by Florence Danila
This image is a transmission electron micrograph of C4 corn leaf. The image was false coloured and shows dimorphic chloroplasts (green); the distinct nucleus (brown), housing the chromatin (black) and nucleolus (magenta); plasmodesmata in the cell wall interface (light blue) and mitochondria (dark blue).
2nd Prize: Fireworks by Negar Mahmoudi
Fireworks is a light microscope image showing primary astrocytes infected with adeno-associate virus (AAV) encoded with SOX2 transcriptional factor.
3rd Prize: Decus et tutanem by Michael Frese
Decus et tutanem (Latin: “ornament and safeguard”) is a protective inscription on coins. Michael's SEM image shows a fossilised pollen grain (possibly Ailathipites sp.) from an as-yet undated fossil site in NSW. In the depicted pollen grain of 20 μm in diameter, artificial colouring has been used to highlight the inner (intine, green) and outer (exine, orange) layers of the pollen's protective cell wall. The high conductivity of the iron-rich rock allowed imaging without coating.
Congratulations to Florence, Negar and Michael, and thank you to everyone who participated.