Last week, the Wellcome Collection announced the winners of its 12th annual image awards, recognizing the "most informative, striking and technically excellent" pictures from the collection’s recent acquisitions.
The winners—capturing everything from the division of cancer cells to the crystalline structure of caffeine—demonstrate how such techniques as microscopy can be used not only to enhance our understanding of chemicals and organisms but to create truly awe-inspiring images. Ever wonder what a chicken embryo’s vascular system looks like? Regardless, you’ll be amazed by the web of blood vessels that forms only two days after fertilization.
Slideshow Credits: 01 / Vincent Pasquee, University of Cambridge; 02 / Peter Demuth; 03 / Vincent Pasque, University of Cambridge; 04 / Anne Weston, London Research Institute, Cancer Research, UK; 05 / Anne Weston, London Research Institute, Cancer Research UK; 06 / Fernan Federici, Tim Rudge, PJ Steiner, and Jim Haseloff; 07 / Spike Walker; 08 / Annie Cavanagh and David McCarthy; 09 / Fernan Federici and Jim Haseloff; 10 / Annie Cavanagh and David McCarthy;