03/11/2015 08:29 am ET | Updated Mar 11, 2015

Breathtaking Science Images Spotlight The Beautiful Inner Workings Of Our World

Beauty can be found in some pretty surprising places, from a cat's tongue and a fruit fly's brain to the uterus of a pregnant mare. All you have to do is take the time to look for it.

That's the theme of the 2015 Wellcome Image Awards, which spotlight the year's best science imagery.

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“The breathtaking riches of the imagery that science generates are so important in telling stories about research and helping us to understand often abstract concepts," Adam Rutherford, a scientist and broadcaster who was a member of the judging panel, said in a written statement. "It's not just about imaging the very small either, it's about understanding life, death, sex and disease: the cornerstones of drama and art. Once again, the Wellcome Image Awards celebrate all of this and more with this year’s incredible range of winning images.”

The 20 images selected by the trust, a London-based research charity, were created using imaging technologies including computed tomography (CT) and scanning electron microscopy. Scroll down and have a look!

  • Albert Cardona, HHMI Janelia Research Campus
    Section of the nervous system of a fruit fly larva made using transmission electron microscopy.
  • Luis de la Torre-Ubieta, UCLA
    Section of a mouse brain.
  • Michael Frank, Royal Veterinary College
    The uterus of a pregnant horse.
  • David Linstead
    Cross section of cat tongue.
  • Maurizio De Angelis
    Illustration of pollen grains.
  • Sophie Regnault
    CT scan showing the skeleton of the reptile Tuatara.
  • Gregory Szeto, Adelaide Tovar, Jeffrey Wyckoff, Koch Institute, copyright MIT
    Drug-releasing depots in mouse lungs.
  • Daniel Kariko
    Boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) image made with electron and light microscopy.
  • Anthony Edwards
    Old model used in the teaching of anatomy, Dublin.
  • Michael Frank, Royal Veterinary College
    Reticulum (stomach chamber) of a goat.
  • N. Dieckmann & N. Lawrence
    Natural killer (NK) cell immune synapse, as imaged by 3D structured-illumination microscopy.
  • Dave Farnham
    Lungs in ribcage, Hodgkin lymphoma patient, 3D-printed nylon.
  • Prof. M. Hausser, Sarah Rieubland & Arnd Roth, UCL
    Purkinje cell and dendritic tree, rat cerebellar cortex. Made with scanning electron microscopy.
  • Andrew Polaszek, Natural History Museum
    Parasitoid wasp Wallaceaphytis kikiae, made with light microscope.
  • Mark Bartley, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    An elderly woman with kyphosis (curvature of the spine).
  • Jefferson R. Brown, Robert E. Marc, Bryan W. Jones, Glen Prusky & Nazia Alam
    Distribution of metabolites in a mouse kidney, CMP.
  • Khuloud T. Al-Jamal, Serene Tay & Michael Cicirko
    Brain astrocyte cell taking up carbon nano-needles, made with scanning electron microscopy.
  • Kevin Mackenzie, University of Aberdeen
    Scanning electron micrograph of a greenfly eye.
  • Dr Flavio Dell'Acqua
    Healthy adult human brain, tractography from MRI.
  • Geraldine Thompson, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Full pediatric sensory unit


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