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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.

(Scroll down for images.)

“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!

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