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Image Competitions

To showcase the amazing leaps and bounds imaging technology has taken, we ran two image competitions in 2015.

Spot on Micro

Spot on Micro logo with microscopy imagesNew technological tools have allowed us to “see” into a new world, which would have been completely inconceivable a century ago. These instruments have presented us with the privilege of having “windows” into the micro- and nano-worlds. Electronic and optical microscopes, atomic force microscopes, etc. all provide a new insight into the universe that should be shared. After all, science is a pillar of our society and these are objects of artistic beauty that also deserve appreciation as such.

The Spot On Micro – Image Contest aimed to create a space where professionals and amateurs can share their images of this fascinating world for the enjoyment of everyone.

EnLightenment: Build it, See it, Show it

Enlightenment logoThe Enlightenment project distributed smartphone microscope kits to schools across Scotland. Children built the microscopes and took their own images of life in miniature; more than 500 images were uploaded at the prizes were awarded by Prof. Jim Al-Khalili at the illumiNations event at Heriot-Watt.

'EnLightenment: Build it, See it, Show it' is sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, Olympus, Leica, and the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account.