Award-winning Ebola Image Goes on Display in Dundee

The newly-announced winning image from The Wellcome Image Awards 2016 has been unveiled in Dundee.


Showcasing the best in science imaging talent and techniques, 20 breathtaking images are being exhibited at Dundee Science Centre, including the overall winner which was announced in London on the evening of Tuesday 15 March, an intricate painting of the Ebola virus, captured in watercolour and ink.

The painting, by David Goodsell, shows in minute detail the internal structure of this tiny, notoriously lethal virus. The central core is drawn in three dimensions so that its structure can be seen more clearly, a view only possible through illustration.

The other images on display range from pathways of nerve fibres in the brain, delicate golden scales on a Madagascan sunset moth, and a digitally reconstructed skeleton showing atheroma, the ‘furring up’ of arteries that supply blood to the brain, in someone who has had a stroke.

Following the success of previous Wellcome Image Awards exhibitions, held simultaneously at venues in all four countries of the UK and USA, the 2016 winning images will be brought to even more locations, including exhibitions in the USA, Russia and South Africa.

Dundee Science Centre will show the images until the end of September 2016, with entry included as part of normal admission.

The Awards were established in 1997 to reward contributors to the collection for their outstanding work.

Linda Leuchars, Interim CEO, Dundee Science Centre, “We’re delighted to partner with the Wellcome Trust once again to showcase these striking scientific images to our Dundee Science Centre visitors. We look forward to the intriguing images sparking interest, inspiration and debate amongst our family, school and adult audiences”.

The 20 winning images were chosen by nine judges from all those acquired by the Wellcome Images picture library in the past year and were awarded at a ceremony on Tuesday 15 March 2016, where the overall winner was also revealed.

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