Top prizes were awarded to graduate students, a postdoctoral fellow, faculty and staff from a field of 86 entries across five colleges, three schools, and two research centres, Total entries included 14 images submitted by members the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) community.
One of the WCVM entrants, PhD student Nguyen Phuong Khanh Le, took home first place in the competition’s “Viewer’s Choice” category. Her photo, titled “Cell party in asthmatic lung,” shows a colourful splash of proteins and cells on a mouse’s lung.
Another animal-related photo took this year’s grand prize. Andrea Wishart, a PhD student in the U of S College of Arts and Science’s Department of Biology, received top marks for her photo titled “A squirrel in the hand is worth the whole world.” The image depicts a critical event in her long-term squirrel monitoring project ––“ear tag” day for a North American red squirrel pup.
“The competition showcases outstanding images of research directly from the people who have the best access to, the deepest understanding of, and the greatest passion for their work,” said U of S President Peter Stoicheff.
“The contest, which engages dozens of researchers across campus and thousands of online viewers around the world, celebrates the impact of our diverse research in a creative way.”
Other entries included a mixture of traditional photography, electron microscopy and computer-generated imaging. Winners were chosen by 18 judges in five categories, and contest website visitors chose two images as “Viewer’s Choice” prize winners by voting.The winning entries, which receive cash prizes, will be on public display in the North Concourse of the university’s Place Riel from April 16 to 20. The can also be viewed online at Images of Research.