The “Mouse” Roars: Photo of Water Creature Resembling a Mouse Earns First Prize in Olympus BioScapes Imaging Competition

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At last, a mouse that says "Cheese"! An amazing photo of an underwater creature has earned top honors in the world's foremost competition honoring microscope photos of animal, plant and human subjects.

Charles Krebs, First Prize, 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

“BioScapes images and movies remind us that our world is endlessly beautiful and fascinating,” said Hidenao Tsuchiya, Group Vice President and General Manager, Scientific Equipment Group, Olympus America Inc.

A photo of a curious underwater life form that bears a striking resemblance to a cartoon mouse has earned first prize in the 2011 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition®, the world’s foremost forum for showcasing microscope photos and movies of life science subjects. Charles Krebs of Issaquah, Wash., captured the fascinating image, which showcases the amazing movements of a rotifer, a tiny underwater creature with cilia (hair-like projections around the “ears”) that sweep at lightning speed to move food into its mouth. Krebs used a special flash to freeze the cilia’s rapid motion. This stunning depiction, captured using differential interference contrast illumination, was selected from more than 2000 images and movies to earn First Prize - $5,000 worth of Olympus equipment.

Now in its eighth year, the Olympus BioScapes Competition is the world’s premier platform for honoring images and movies of human, plant and animal subjects as captured through light microscopes. Any life science subject is eligible, and entries are judged based on the science they depict, their aesthetics (beauty and impact of the image), and their technical expertise. Photographers can use any brand of equipment.

This year’s winning images and movies reflect the latest advances in neuroscience and cell biology, along with amazing glimpses of everyday small wonders ranging from mold to mosquitoes. Selected BioScapes images and movies will tour the U.S., Mexico, South America, Canada and the Middle East this year. The BioScapes exhibit tour is sponsored by Olympus America in cooperation with Scientific American.

“BioScapes images and movies remind us that our world is endlessly beautiful and fascinating,” said Hidenao Tsuchiya, Group Vice President and General Manager, Scientific Equipment Group, Olympus America Inc. “They also open a window to some of the most important and compelling research going on in laboratories around the world."

To view the BioScapes gallery and see the Top 10 winners, 64 Honorable Mentions and Judges’ Special Award for Technical Merit, visit http://www.olympusbioscapes.com.

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