Angiolanilarrea Francesca Searching For A Good Father

SNSF Scientific Image Competition 2023 winners

Image credit: SNSF

This year, the international jury of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) appraised hundreds of works submitted to the Scientific Image Competition 2023 which revealed hidden beauty in the world around us. Below is the eclectic collection of winners.

The winning entry, ‘Searching for a good father’ by Francesca Angiolani-Larrea, is an image of the Hyalinobatrachium valerioi, a type of glass frog with a transparent belly. Angiolani-Larrea studies the interactions between parents and offspring in the glass frogs, a species in which the father stays with the young after the mother has produced the eggs.

Angiolanilarrea Francesca Searching For A Good Father

Image credit: SNSF

‘Maize root microbiome’, by Lisa Thönen, shows the ensemble of microorganisms living in or on the maize root and how they process secondary metabolites of the plant. The jury said the photograph “acts as a poetic window into a new world awaiting discovery: the microbe communities living under our feet”.

Thoenen Lisa Maize Root Microbiome

Image credit: SNSF

‘Cerebrospinal Fluid Streaming Through Optic Nerve’, by Diego Rossinelli, Jatta Berberat and Gilles Fourestey

Rossinelli Diego Cerebrosplinal Fluid Streaming B

Image credit: SNSF

‘Right or left’, part of the ‘My voice in images’ collection by Sylvia Garcia Delahaye and Lavinia Johnson, is a participatory research method using photography to give young people an opportunity to express themselves on social issues and public policies

My voice in images, by the young participants

Image credit: Sylvia Garcia Delahaye and Lavinia Johnson

The first prize image, ‘Not only wearing white coats’, was taken with a tripod on a farm, and demonstrates that doctors and scientists do not always wear white coats and work in sterile environments

Not Only Wearing White Coats

Image credit: Petrucci Mariafrancesca

‘Wheat harvest’, by Andreas Hund, is an image of the field phenotyping platform, located at the ETH Research Station for Plant Sciences in Eschikon, Switzerland. It is equipped with high-tech devices including a rope-suspended carrier system, drones and farming robots. 

Wheat harvest, by Andreas Hund

Image credit: Andreas Hund

‘High stakes in the history of medicine’, by Alexandre Wenger and Radu Suciu, Professor and scientific collaborator, University of Geneva, was taken at the historic library and museum of the Hôpital Saint-Louis in Paris. It is home to a collection of books relating to the history of medicine and dermatology, many of them out of print and very rare.

High Stakes In The History Of Medicine

Image credit: Alexandre Wenger and Radu Suciu

‘Cognition roulette’, by Francesca Angiolani-Larrea, PhD student at University of Bern, shows a gecko learning the location of food in a maze. The team at the University of Bern are comparing how females, males and juveniles learn differently.

Cognition roulette, by Francesca Angiolani-Larrea

Image credit: Francesca Angiolani-Larrea

‘Bees and chips’, by Rafael Barmak, is a close-up of a honeybee-populated robotic device developed within the Mobile Robotics Systems group at EPFL

Bees and chips, by Rafael Barmak

Image credit: Rafael Barmak

‘Basel’s bishop invoices 1458-1474’, by Corina Liebi, a PhD student at University of Bern, shows a huge bound book consisting of individual accounts: the court accounts of the Bishop of Basel, and part of Liebi’s work at the Archives de l’ancien Evêché de Bâle in Porrentruy.

Basel’s bishop invoices 1458-1474, by Corina Liebi

Image credit: Corina Liebi

Wandering eye, by Julien Busset

Image credit: Julien Busset


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