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Winners of the Wellcome Image Awards 2014 displayed at Techniquest 

Wellcome330The Wellcome Image Awards 2014 are inviting the public to ‘come closer’, with a selection of winning images that celebrate the best in science imaging talent and techniques. From scanning electron micrographs of a kidney stone and a head louse egg, to an x-ray of a bat, a three dimensional computed tomography image of a seal skull and a cross section of a flower bud, the images show in minute detail the wonder that can be found in the world around and within us.

Not only do this year’s images offer an up close and personal look at the fascinating world of science, but, for the first time, they will be available to view at public exhibitions in science centres across the UK.   The images will be on display at Techniquest until June.

The 18 winning images were chosen by seven judges from all those acquired by the Wellcome Images picture library since the 2012 Awards, with the overall winner announced at an awards ceremony on 11 March 2014. 

BBC Medical Correspondent Fergus Walsh, who was a member of the judging panel, presented this year’s awards. He said: “As always, this year’s entries are both technically brilliant, and visually striking. Never before have I thought of a kidney stone or a nit as beautiful, but the Wellcome Image Awards show time and again that there can always be a different way of looking at things.”

Following the awards ceremony, the winning images will be displayed across the UK at four major science centres as well as in a window display at the Wellcome Trust’s headquarters in London. Techniquest, Glasgow Science Centre, the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester and W5 in Belfast will all host simultaneous exhibitions, and there will be a display at the Ruskin Gallery at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge during the Cambridge Science Festival, bringing these images up-close for a nationwide audience.

The images will also be made available at www.wellcomeimageawards.org and already feature in Wellcome Images collections, where they can be accessed and used along with more than 40,000 other contemporary biomedical and clinical images.  

Catherine Draycott, Head of Wellcome Images and a member of the judging panel said: “Every year, the Wellcome Image Awards bring to life the vibrancy of the world of science, as well as championing the incredible cutting-edge techniques in scientific imaging. This year, we are particularly delighted to be exhibiting the winners across the UK allowing many more people to come closer to these exceptional images.”

Since 2011 Wellcome Images have also partnered with the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, bringing images of their work into the Awards. This year, each organisation will feature an image from their respective selections in the other’s Awards and provide a judge for each panel: Catherine Draycott, Head of Wellcome Images and Anne Deconinck, Executive Director at the Koch Institute. The Koch Institute Image Awards will be on display in an exhibition opening on 4 March 2014. More information can be found about the Koch Institute Public Galleries and Image Awards on their website.

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