Wellcome Image Awards

The 2012 Wellcome Image Awards included some fantastic science photographs. My personal favourite was this false-coloured scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of a lavender leaf, by Annie Cavanagh and David McCarthy from the School of Pharmacy, University of London. The stomata and the glandular trichomes secreting the essential oils are clearly visible:

Annie has some fascinating things to say about the Art of Science here, including the recipe for one successful image of a strawberry: “5 attempts, 4 failures, 3 weeks, 2 supermarket trips, 1 image.” See wellcomeimages.org for more fantastic photographs.