Check Out Our Favorite Images From The Science Photographer Of The Year Competition 2019

Mary Anne Chilton, Upside Down Jellyfish 

The Science Photographer of the Year exhibition opens at the Science Museum in London, UK, on October 7.

The shortlisted images were selected by an expert panel and are designed to showcase the "best scientific photography" and "photography of science", whether that is an extreme close-up of a stag beetle or a high-definition shot of a nebula hundreds of light-years into the distance. 


"Since the very beginning, science has been integral to photography," Gary Evans, the Royal Photographic Society's science exhibition coordinator, said in a statement.

"Now photography has become integral to the way science is carried out and how it is communicated to the wider public. We are delighted to be the guests of the Science Museum for this exhibition and we are sure the images will engage, entertain and educate in equal measure."

The 70 images on display delve into topics related to human health, the environment, wildlife, and conservation, as well as more mundane – or everyday – science. Think: a safety pin or a flour beetle, for example.

The techniques and technologies used to capture these moments are equally varied and include radio digital telescopes and high-tech medical equipment but also smartphones.


"Since its inception, photography has bridged the worlds of art and science with images which spark and sate curiosity in equal measure," said Roger Highfield, science director at the Science Museum.

"Through images of aesthetic beauty, we can tell stories about the universe and reveal places and phenomena that the naked eye will never see."

Anyway, without any further ado, here are some of our favorites.

Mapping Oxygen, by Yasmin Crawford

Crawford is a master's student at Falmouth University, where she uses photography to create imagery that explains, reveals, and connects us consciously to the ambiguous and unknown. Here, she studies post-exertional malaise – a symptom of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Credit: Yasmin Crawford 

NGC7000 North American Nebula, by Dave Watson

The North American Nebula (NGC7000) is an emission nebula found in the constellation Cygnus, close to Deneb. The shape resembles the continent of North America, with the section representing the "Mexico and Central America part" of the nebula (the Cygnus Wall) being the area with the most concentrated star formations. Credit: Dave Watson

Stag Beetle, by Viktor Sykora

This portrait of a stag beetle was taken using light microscopy. Credit: Viktor Sykora

Calmness of Eternity, by Yevhen Samuchenko

This shot shows Nepal's Himalayan mountains against the backdrop of the Milky Way. The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy, its diameter between 150,000 and 200,000 light-years wide. Credit: Yevhen Samuchenko

Lovell Telescope Series 1c, by Marge Bradshaw

Here, Marge Bradshaw explores the multitude of shapes – and wear – of a telescope whose purpose is to help us to better understand the concepts of space and time. Credit: Marge Bradshaw

Safety Corona, by Richard Germain

The safety pin pictured has been connected to a high-tension AC generator. The pin ionizes the air around it – causing the hazy corona glow that surrounds it. Credit: Richard Germain

Tribolium confusum – Confused flour beetle, by David Spears

This close-up of a flour beetle was made using an electron micrograph and colored using Photoshop. Credit: David Spears

Cassiopea xamachana – Upside Down Jelly Fish, by Mary Anne Chilton

These jellyfish resemble translucent toadstools. The animals spend their time pulsing up and down in the water, eating sea plankton – and, as recently documented, plastic. Credit: Mary Anne Chilton


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