Mouse brains! Bat embryos! Hungry algae! Today, Olympus unveiled the winners of the tenth annual BioScapes photography competition, which showcases the best photography captured through light microscopes. The top ten were chosen from a mind-boggling 2,100 entries.
What's really cool about BioScapes is how drastically imaging technology has improved since the competition began. These shots from 2009, only four years ago, prove that microscopy is getting exponentially better every year. The images below are sharper, more realistic, and simply more beautiful. Let's start with some honorable mentions, then move on to the top ten.