The following post list the winners of WSC 2017.
Comment from the jury: This image is astonishing for its colorful ensemble and neat lines, which is attractive to both children and adults, general audience and scientists. The depiction is clear and scientifically sound, as much as an infographic of a textbook, and as a result, it does not simply capture your attention, but it stimulates good scientific questions. All main organs of Ascaris spp. are visible (e.g. cytoplasmic portion of muscle cells, syncytial epidermis) and clearly defined. It’s, of course, an image that should be part of an encyclopedia for its informative value, but can be used in many other activities.
Comment from the author: I am a self-taught macrophotography expert. Photography has been a passion of mine since I was a child and over the years I have specialized moving my skills to microscopic photography, a technique that extends the range up to 1000 magnification. In my free time, I have modified microscopes to photography as an artisan and I am probably the only one in Italy with such handcraft skills.
I’d like to think I am offering the viewer a good trip in the wonders of the microcosm. My recent research has included arthropods, specifically underwood micro wildlife, and nematodes.
A direct and close observation of the interaction of the micro wildlife in the underwood also allows seeing the evolutive course and the “state of health” of the woodland area. Thanks to the optical microscope I have also photographed microorganisms present in the rivers, streams, and lakes.
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