The Third Annual Savage Image Award 2011 Submissions

Below are the submissions for The Swarthmore College Biology Department’s third annual Robert Savage Image Award. We received 23 fantastic entries.

Click on a thumbnail to see a larger version of each photo or video, and check back here next week or come to the picnic to find out the winners!

1. This photograph was taken in Taebek, which used to be a mining town in Korea. The residue from an abandoned coal mine flows down to the creek and causes a thick layer white precipitate to form on the bottom of the creek. Some of the similar creeks are red from oxidization of this white precipitate.

2. Hundreds of spores dot the undersides of these leaves, most likely a variety of fern (Pteridophyta). Plants such as these use spores as a means of reproduction, instead of producing seeds or flowers. Taken in the conservatory at Longwood Gardens on the Bio 2 field trip.

3. This images captures the cauline leaf of an EMS mutagenized Arabidopsis family grown in a bobber background. The novel characteristic of this family, and demonstrated in this picture, is that trichomes appear on both the adaxial and abaxial sides of the leaf, whereas only the latter is representative of the wild-type phenotype.

4. The distribution of SCPb-like immunoreactive (SLI) and FMRFamide-like immunoreactive (FLI) cells and processes in a midbody leech Hirudo medicinalis ganglion. Green indicates SLI staining, red indicates FLI staining, and yellow indicates colabeling of both SLI and FLI. The image was visualized using confocal microscopy.

5. The beautiful colors of a Cape Daisy, Venidium fastuosum, with pollen-covered stamens. Photograph taken with a depth-of-field microscope.

6. This is an SEM longitudinal view of a snail shell, displaying the smooth bottom later of the shell and the microstructure of its crossed-lamellar layer.

7. Ripening fruit of Vitis vinifera, also known as the Common Grape Vine.  The light from the sun, shining down on the plant, provides energy for the ripening grapes. Photo taken at the gardens of Brucemore Mansion, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

8. While doing research in Alaska, I snapped this photo of these adorable Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) chicks begging for food. I’m sure they didn’t appreciate all the poking and prodding we subjected them to afterwards, but once we had our data we returned them all safely to their box. The whole nest fledged successfully a week or two later.

9. Rendered unrecognizable at a magnification of 2000x, this scanning electron micrograph depicts the wavelike compound cilia on a gill filament of a ribbed mussel (Geukensia).

10. Pictured are two ducks resting in Victoria Park, London.

11. Aphrodite’s Reincarnation (Phalaenopsis aphrodite)
Location:Longwood Gardens
This orchid is appropriately named since its overwhelming whiteness, accentuated by a small blotch of color, is almost seducing you to come closer.

12. Mesh of tubular sheaths made by the iron bacterium Leptothrix ochracea, which oxidizes iron and manganese to form an orange precipitate. This species is often the culprit behind clogged and rusted plumbing. Phase contrast micrograph at 400x magnification.

13. This is Simi, an adult female ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) and one of her babies from my study site at Berenty Reserve in southern Madagascar. Females are entirely responsible for parenting in L. catta. Simi had twins, which are very unusual and probably why she looks a little harried in this photo. Babies cling to their mothers from the moment they’re born until around three months of age. I chose this shot because her babies were especially rambunctious and full of life that day – they had begun spending some time off of Simi exploring their surroundings, but retreated to the safety of their mom when they saw my camera lens, something they were unfamiliar with. I also like that you can clearly see the baby’s hand and how similar it is to our own.

14. Saucer Magnolia (magnolia × soulangeana) flower showing floral organ development. Pollen can be seen on the stamens of the flower.

15. Confocal image depicting microtubule (green) patterning and chloroplast (red) autofluorescence in Arabidopsis hypocotyl cells.

16. This is a Golden Orb Weaver, a hand-sized spider that I encountered frequently during my stay in Australia. Although they are not one of the many Australian spiders that are dangerous to humans, they will trap and consume the occasional bird.

17. This is a confocal z-projection of a Drosophila larvae CNS. The cell(s) labeled green are octopaminergic, and was the only one of many cells to be activated by a heat shock. The background staining of purple is a neuropile/axonal tract staining.

18. This is an SEM image taken of a glass spicule in an amphidisk shape on a gemmule. Spicules form the “skeletons” of sponges, and even though many sponges have glass skeletons, the fragments are so small that sponges still feel squishy.

19. This is a confocal time-lapse video of a living heat-shocked Arabidopsis thaliana root expressing BOBBER1:GFP. Images were captured every 15 seconds for one hour and 41 minutes. Growth of the root, organelle dynamics, and movement of heat shock granules (bright green dots) are all visible. (click here for video)

20. This image comes from Martin’s extended depth of field microscope, and is essentially Z-stack of photos taken at several depths, compressed into one image where everything is in focus. What you see is an Arabidopsis mutant that was generated by a chemical mutagenesis, performed at Nick Kaplinsky’s lab over the summer. This mutant is especially interesting for its spiny meristem – what looks like a long lean backbone here is actually multiple failed attempts to make a flower. This particular mutant strain is connected to an ongoing investigation into developmental effects of BOBBER, a heat-shock protein in plants.

21. This is an image of a nasturtium root stained with TBO to show the vascular system of the root structure. The TBO stains the secondary structure a deep blue-purple color and the primary walls a pink color. The image was taken with a Z16 stereo microscope at at 2x magnification.

22. This is a nasturtium leaf at 40x magnification, grown for Plant Biology with Nick Kaplisnky. This image was part of a composite figure showing chlorophyll distribution between healthy and nutrient-starved leaves.

23. A flag-footed Anisocelis foleacea defends a passionflower (Passiflora trilby), its plant host, while a third-instar nymph of either the same species or the look-alike Holymena clavier searches for its next snack. Picture taken 3 miles west of Munichis, Peru, where speakers of Muniche, Shawi, Jebero, San Martin Quechua, and Spanish harvest maricuya, or passionfruit.

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