Olympus BioScapes competition
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Olympus BioScapes competition

The open 'mouth' of a floating humped bladderwort plant (Utricularia gibba) took first prize in Olympus' microscope image competition. Igor Siwanowicz, a researcher from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, took the winning image of the carnivorous plant, beating more than 2,000 entries from 71 countries.  

In its 10th year, the Olympus BioScapes Competition celebrates images and movies of human, plant, and animal subjects as captured through light microscopes. See the top 10 in our gallery. Also, check out the honorable mentions on the BioScapes winners gallery

(above) Photographer: Igor Siwanowicz
Location: Ashburn, Virginia, United States
Specimen: Open trap of aquatic carnivorous plant, humped bladderwort Utricularia gibba, with single-cell organisms inside.
Technique: Confocal imaging, 100x