Eureka Prize: Winning photographs
The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, celebrates 25 years in 2014. Here we present some stunning images from the New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography – the three place-getters and seven runners-up.
Wheat through the looking glass
The birth of a seed is captured by CSIRO’s Mark Talbot from the ACT. The winning entry in the 2014 Australian Museum New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography, Mark’s photo reveals unexpected details of a young wheat flowerbud using a scanning electron microscope.
Unravelling a basket star
Charles Tambiah from the ACT composed a striking image of a basket star by "painting" it with micro-light, and using fibre-optics to light hidden spaces. Charles’ unravelling of this simple, yet complex, creature placed second.
Alfred manta feeding
The Alfred manta, up to 5.5 metres wide, is one of the largest rays on the planet. Queensland Museum’s Gary Cranitch captured this graceful giant feeding on plankton just below the ocean surface. His image placed third.
Probing the breast in 3D
The intricate structure of milk ducts within the human breast is captured in 3D by Anne Rios of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne. It uses the latest imaging technology to study breast cancer, the image is a highly commended submission.
Perth’s Michael Bradshaw photographed human skin cells, coloured bright orange by fluorescing, magnetic nanoparticles, as they are induced to move (to the left) by a magnetic field. The image illustrates how cells could be manipulated to aid in wound healing. Highly commended.
An ancient landscape for modern science
Pete Wheeler of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Perth captures by moonlight alone one of 128 antennae tiles that make up the 3 km-wide radio-telescope array at Murchison in the WA outback. The long-exposure night shot was highly commended.
Bolt out of the blue
Sunshine Coast photographer Peter Enright was in the right place at the right time during a sudden summer storm at Queensland’s Woodford Folk Festival. Peter’s hand-held, four-second shot is highly commended.
Flight of the samara
Melbourne’s Phred Peterson used smoke trails to trace the flights of rotating "helicopter" seeds and captured the image with a high-speed camera as it falls from a samara fruit tree. Highly commended.
The face of a moth
The exquisite complexity of a moth’s head is revealed in this detailed photograph by Ralph Grimm, a teacher from Jimboomba, Queensland. Highly commended.
Melbourne underwater photographer Richard Wylie catches the infamous crown-of-thorns starfish as it moves across a coral outcrop at Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Note the white coral skeleton left behind. Highly commended.