An image from the MBL's Central Microscopy Facility won first place in a prestigious microscopy contest this year, while Michael Shribak, senior scientist in the MBL's Bell Center, received recognition in three imaging contents over the past few months!

 "It Takes Two to Tanglow" placed first in the BioImaging North America 2023 contest. Submitted from the MBL by Derrick Kamp of University of Connecticut, it shows the squid Euprymna berryi and its glowing symbiont, a marine bacterium:

E berryi squid
A hatchling Euprymna berryi squid (rainbow) with it’s bioluminescent bacterial symbiont, Vibrio fischeri (white) in the squid light organ. The squid and bacteria form a symbiotic partnership: the bacteria provide a soft glowing light that masks the squid’s shadow from predators, while the squid provides ideal growing conditions to the bacteria. Credit: Derrick Kamp, University of Connecticut/MBL Central Microscopy Facility

Shribak took third place in the BioImaging North America Contest for his label-free image of a mouse sagittal section (below, details and high-resolution download here). He also submitted other beautiful images, including of the diatom Actinoptychus and of stellate trichomes of oak.

mouse sagittal

This week, Shribak learned he had placed second in the HOOKed on Microscopy Contest, sponsored by Clemson University in South Carolina, for his image, "Dinosaur Bones" (below and top).

Dinosaur bone
30-µ thick section of dinosaur bone under polychromatic polarization microscope. The picture shows actual colors, as seen by the unaided eye. Image size is 2.1 mm x 1.6 mm. The specimen was provided by Prof. Bernardo Cesare (University of Padua, Italy). Photo credit: Michael Shribak

And one more: Shribak received an Honorable Mention in the 2022 EVIDENT Image of the Year Award, sponsored by Olympus Life Sciences (now called Evident). He was recognized for his image of a diatom, a unicellular organism.

Diatom credit Michael Shribak