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The FEI Owner Image Contest Finds the Best Microscopic Photos of 2011

By: Omar Yusuf - Published: Aug 7, 2011 • References: fei and gizmodo
In a sense, the FEI Owner Image Contest provides the venue for microbiologists to express themselves artistically by snapping photos of infinitesimally small subjects like silicon chips, bacteria and blood cells.

Every year, the FEI Owner Image Contest injects an annual booster shot of science into the artistic community, and this year especially. Photography isn't simply about composition and color; it's also about bringing attention to the unnoticed, ignored or even invisible things in life.

This year's winning photo was taken by Martina Dienstlede of the Graz University of Technology, using an electron microscope -- the subject is a metal shard which, due to stress testing, bent into the shape of the Grand Canyon. Although it may only stretch a few nanometers, this Micro Canyon may be as awe-inspiring as the real thing!