Much like Nikon’s Photomicrography Competiton aims to promote Nikon’s products the newer Olympus BioScapes Competition is an advertisement for Olympus. Again the competition is judged by scientists, this Top 5 gives an alternate arts oriented view.
I star with two entries from Laurie Knight of Kent, UK which go well together, two insect profiles. The naturally contrasting yellow and black of the hornet and stunning detail match the brilliant iridescent fly eyes and it’s hard to choose between them.
Continuing the theme of iridescence Charles Krebs reveals the texture behind the eye-catching effect in far more detail.
What is the equivalent mouth and nose for a butterfly is shown here in an image by Matthew Lehnert and Catherine Mulvane.
I like this image by Jens Petersen because, thanks to the greens in the background, it looks like the specimen was still outside in it’s natural habitat. As well as leading the veiwer to imagine the flower surrounded by grass and trees the green combines with the lilac and vivid orange to create an impressionable palette.
There’s something enchanting about the symmetry of this algae. Igor Siwanowicz, who also won first place (Top), has applied what again is, like Petersens’ dark mullein, a fascinating palette. This time it would have been applied post imaging on the computer and so in addition to the natural beauty Igor has added something of his own to the image.