The Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging competition, now in its seventh year, is "the world's foremost forum for showcasing microscope photos and movies of life science subjects," and bridges a gap between the realms of science and art. The first-prize winner receives $5,000 worth of Olympus camera equipment.
This year, an image showcasing the magnified eyes of a Harvestman spider — Palangium opilio, also commonly known as a daddy longlegs — grabbed first prize. It was taken by Dr. Igor Siwanowicz of the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology in Munich, Germany.
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