"SEM image of Milnesium tardigradum in active state" by Schokraie E, Warnken U, Hotz-Wagenblatt A, Grohme MA, Hengherr S, et al. / CC BY 2.5

‘Disco’ tardigrade parties under microscope, wins international photo prize

Apr 8, 2020

By Mindy Weisberger

An image of a tardigrade with a psychedelic light show in its guts took home a top prize in an international photo competition. Inside the microscopic and endearingly tubby “water bear,” tiny internal and external structures are illuminated in brilliant fluorescent colors that glow like a disco dance floor.

The photo was captured by Tagide deCarvalho, manager of the Keith Porter Imaging Facility (KPIF) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and it was a regional winner in the 2019 Olympus Image of the Year Award, contest representatives said in a statement.

Every year, the competition awards “the best in life science imaging worldwide,” celebrating images that combine visual impact and artistic beauty while also demonstrating the photographer’s proficiency with microscopy, according to the statement.

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