There is hardly anything more beautiful and emotional than the act of birth, even if we are talking little daphnias. The jury of the Polish edition of the Wiki Science Competition 2019 must have been of the same opinion awarding Marek Miś the main prize.
Photos showing the world of science, that is tools, objects, research results and scientists at work were assessed as part of the competition. For his self-explanatory photo entitled “Daphnia gives birth”, Marek Miś received the main prize and PLN 1,600 (EUR 377).
“The work encompasses all of the aspects of good science photography – it is correct in terms of photo technique and it also clearly pictures the captured object. Displaying a beautiful palette of colours, it demonstrates a uniquely special moment of young daphnias being born – a theme that tipped the balance of victory,” read the jury’s justification.
The second place went to Adrianna Rafalska and her photo depicting a “Grape Wood Borer (Chlorophorus varius)”, which is a species of beetle in the family Cerambycidae inhabiting predominantly sunny European meadows and woodland edges, at an elevation of 60–800 metres above sea level. The jury praised the focus on the insect’s head and the photo’s resolution that allows the beholder to scrutinise the details.”
A photo of “Hydroxyapatite growing on biomaterial (Growing razors)” granted Jan Ozimka third place. “The work does not only show the result of research on the newest technologies on a nanoscale but it also taps into the concept of visibility. The image was created as a result of capturing electrons, not photons,” wrote the jury. Hydroxyapatite is a naturally occurring mineral form of calcium apatite. It can be found in, among others, the club-like appendages of the peacock mantis shrimp.
As many as 1,300 photos were submitted to the contest.
The competition results are available at Wikimedia Commons.