There was a great response to CAM's 2019 Image Competition, with many wonderful images being submitted this year. The quality and creativity of the entries impressed the judges, and it was a close decision to choose only three winners.
First prize was awarded to Mahdiar Taheri from Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering for his image 'The littlest volcano'. The image was captured on the Zeiss UltraPlus FESEM and showed a defect on sodium tungsten bronze crystal synthesised via sol-gel method. Also credited are Zello Fusco, Prof Takuya Tsuzuki, Dr Hongjun Chen.
Second prize was won by Anukriti Mathur from The Department of Immunology and Infectious Disease, JCSMR, for her image 'Can you count the bacterial spheres?'. Anukriti's image was captured on the Zeiss UltraPlus FESEM, and shows two immune cells being attacked by Streptococcus pneumoniae. The immune cells underwent an inflammatory form of cell death called pyroptosis releasing the bacteria outside for clearance by other fighter immune cells.
Third prize was awarded to Yuzhen Fan from the Research School of Biology for 'Halloween Mask', a cross section image showing the vascular bundle of a Panicum miliaceum leaf. This image was captured using the Zeiss LSM780 Confocal.
Congratulations to our winners, and to everyone who participated in the competition, allowing us to showcase the breadth and high quality of work undertaken at CAM.