The not so grey matter: Incredible close-up shot of living human brain wins microscope photography competition
A unique close-up image of a living human brain has won the Wellcome Prize for microscope photography after it was taken during a surgical procedure to treat a patient with epilepsy. Taken by Robert Ludlow of UCL's Institute of Neurology, the image is a rare shot of a living brain - a view normally only seen by neurosurgeons, showing veins, arteries and grey matter flushed pink with blood.
This is an image of a cancer cell taken using a high-resolution microscopy technique called confocal microscopy. The actin filaments are stained with a fluorescent dye and images are taken at different ‘depths’ before being stacked together into one image, giving a full (and really cool) picture of the cell.
The Lives Within a Drop of Water The slogan for the Nikon Small World competition is “Recognizing Excellence in Photography through the Microscope.” Feast your eyes on these images that record a different world so small that it fits into a drop of water