Thursday, February 8, 2018

Imaging Perspectives 2018 – A BioTek Imaging Competition

In 1665, the scientific community was astounded by Robert Hooke’s publication of Micrographia which contained drawings of what he had seen with the aid of his new invention, the microscope. Of particular interest and no doubt a bit of horror was his drawing of a flea, which at the time plagued most of the population which generally thought bathing harmful to health.

The flea, from Robert Hooke's Micrographia (1665)

Optical microscopy has come a long way in the 350 years since Hooke’s microscope provided a thirty-fold magnification of the specimen. Many different microscopy modes are now available that employ enhanced contrast of specimen’s features relative to Hooke’s simple brightfield microscope, including phase contrast, DIC, fluorescence and digital capture of images which allows specimens to be magnified over a thousand-fold. These improvements open up new vistas for scientists, allowing them to visualize the microscopic world.

BioTek would like to see and celebrate these new vistas by holding an imaging competition which we call Imaging Perspectives 2018. Enter up to three images taken with the Cytation or Lionheart Imager for a chance to win cash prizes and to have your image featured in BioTek’s 2019 wall calendar. For uploading instructions and contest rules, visit

By: BioTek Instruments, Peter Banks Ph.D., Scientific Director

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