The Beautiful Inner Workings Of Our World


Beauty can be found in some pretty surprising places, from a cat’s tongue and a fruit fly’s brain to the uterus of a pregnant mare. All you have to do is take the time to look for it.

That’s the theme of the 2015 Wellcome Image Awards, which spotlight the year’s best science imagery.

(Scroll down for images.)

“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,” Adam Rutherford, a scientist and broadcaster who was a member of the judging panel, said in a written statement. “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.”

The 20 images selected by the trust, a London-based research charity, were created using imaging technologies including computed tomography (CT) and scanning electron microscopy. Scroll down and have a look!

Albert Cardona, HHMI Janelia Research Campus

Section of the nervous system of a fruit fly larva made using transmission electron microscopy.

Luis de la Torre-Ubieta, UCLA

Section of a mouse brain.

Michael Frank, Royal Veterinary College

The uterus of a pregnant horse.

David Linstead

Cross section of cat tongue.

Maurizio De Angelis

Illustration of pollen grains.

Sophie Regnault

CT scan showing the skeleton of the reptile Tuatara.

Gregory Szeto, Adelaide Tovar, Jeffrey Wyckoff, Koch Institute, copyright MIT

Drug-releasing depots in mouse lungs.

Daniel Kariko

Boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) image made with electron and light microscopy.

Anthony Edwards

Old model used in the teaching of anatomy, Dublin.

Michael Frank, Royal Veterinary College

Reticulum (stomach chamber) of a goat.

N. Dieckmann & N. Lawrence

Natural killer (NK) cell immune synapse, as imaged by 3D structured-illumination microscopy.

Dave Farnham

Lungs in ribcage, Hodgkin lymphoma patient, 3D-printed nylon.

Prof. M. Hausser, Sarah Rieubland & Arnd Roth, UCL

Purkinje cell and dendritic tree, rat cerebellar cortex. Made with scanning electron microscopy.

Andrew Polaszek, Natural History Museum

Parasitoid wasp Wallaceaphytis kikiae, made with light microscope.

Mark Bartley, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

An elderly woman with kyphosis (curvature of the spine).

Jefferson R. Brown, Robert E. Marc, Bryan W. Jones, Glen Prusky & Nazia Alam

Distribution of metabolites in a mouse kidney, CMP.

Khuloud T. Al-Jamal, Serene Tay & Michael Cicirko

Brain astrocyte cell taking up carbon nano-needles, made with scanning electron microscopy.

Kevin Mackenzie, University of Aberdeen

Scanning electron micrograph of a greenfly eye.Dr Flavio Dell’Acqua

Healthy adult human brain, tractography from MRI.

Geraldine Thompson, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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