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Art of Science Photomicrography Contest

Every year Aquaneering holds the Art of Science Photomicrography Contest. Images are judged by popular vote on the Aquaneering Instagram page. The three winning photos are featured on the next year's calendar, which is distributed in the January issue of Zebrafish Magazine. In addition, winners are awarded up to $300 in cash prizes.

First Prize - $300
Second Prize - $200
Third Prize - $100

2021 Art of Science Calendar
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Check out the 2021 Art of Science Photomicrography Contest Winners!

*2021 Contest is now closed*

To enter, please submit your photomicrograph(s) and a completed entry form by Friday, October 23, 2020. Read the contest rules carefully as some of the rules may have changed. Good luck!

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Past Winners:

2020 Winners
2019 Winners
2018 Winners
2017 Winners
2016 Winners
2015 Winners
2014 Winners
2013 Winners and Honorable Mentions
2012 Winners and Honorable Mentions
2011 Winners
2010 Winners
2009 Winners and Honorable Mention

2019 Art of Science Calendar 2017 Calendar 2016 Calendar
2014 calendar 2013 calendar 2012 calendar
2011 calendar 2010 calendar 2009 calendar



2021 Winners

1st Place   2nd Place
  3rd Place  
Olivia Spead   Yulong Liu   Michelle Kossack  
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina, USA
  UC Davis Zebrafish Facility
Davis, California, USA
  Brown University
North Providence, Rhode Island, USA
A double transgenic 4 dpf zebrafish embryo labeling different neurons in the eye (red and green) and their projections to the brain with a Topro-3 counterstain (blue).   Early germ cell development trajectory from the stem cell stage to meiosis in 40-day old zebrafish ovary. Germline stem cells expressing nanos2 (green), progenitor germ cells expressing foxl2l (pink), germ cells at early meiosis expressing rec8a (blue), and DNA in white. This is a single-molecule fluorescence in situ hybridization image generated from hybridization chain reaction.   Branch out. The ovary is full of possibility for future generations. Images like this inspire me to discover more in the upcoming year. Depth-coded maximum intensity projection of the vasculature in a 60 dpf zebrafish ovary, kdrl:dsRed (endothelial cells)..  

2020 Winners

1st Place   2nd Place
  3rd Place  
Laura Fontenas   Natasha O’Brown   Michael Taylor  
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
  Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  University of Wisconsin-Madison  
Lateral view of a Zebrabow trunk at 3 days post fertilization   3 day old fish larvae with the neurons marked in magenta under the Huc promoter, skin marked in turquoise by an injected dye and green marking a subset of neurons   Blood vessels were visualized from a live zebrafish larva using a transgenic line that labels all blood vessels with a fluorescent protein. A 3-dimensional image was captured using a Nikon A1R laser scanning confocal microscope and the image was pseudocolored in rainbow before conversion to 2 dimensions.  


2019 Winners

1st Place   2nd Place
  3rd Place  
1st Place Winner   2nd Place Winner   3rd Place Winner  
Jamison Sydnor   Natasha O’Brown   Susana Pascoal  
California State University, Chico   Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  Children’s Cancer Research Institute
Vienna, Austria
Anthopleura elegantissima under a fluorescent stereoscope exhibiting autofluorescence from host tissue   Dorsal view of the head of a wildtype 5 dpf zebrafish embryo, expressing mCherry in the vasculature (magenta) and injected with tracers NHS (turquoise) and dextran (green) intercardiacally.   Zebrafish larvae injected with double labeled neuroblastoma cell line (GFP positive cells (green) and Oil positive cells(red)). A primary tumor is forming at the perivetelline space and heart region and spreading at the head and tail  


2018 Winners

1st Place   2nd Place
  3rd Place  
Toru Kawanishi   Pui Ying Lam   Irene Vorontsova  
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
  University of California Irvine  
Transgenic zebrafish embryo
mosaically expressing membrane-
bound florescent proteins
  Duplicated and arranged transgenic zebrafish head with neurons labelled in green   Fishing for cures in zebrafich ocular
lens for cataract - the global leading
cause of blindness

2017 Winners

1st Place   2nd Place
  3rd Place  
1st Place Winner Clyde Campbell   2nd Place Winner Jessica Plavicki   3rd Place Winner Warren Vieira  
Clyde Campbell   Jessica Plavicki   Warren A. Vieira  
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, La Jolla, California, USA   Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island
  University of Massachusetts Boston
Boston, Massachusetts
Zebrafish image duplicated with eye of kdrl:gfp zebrafish in center   3D reconstructions of developing zebrafish brain and vasculature. Image is coded for depth.   Whole mount staining of axolotl limb. Ectopic limbs induced to form on forelimb.  

2016 Winners

1st Place   2nd Place and People's Choice Award
  3rd Place  
Michael Weber   Duc Dong   Gopi Shah  
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany   Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, La Jolla, California, USA   Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany  
20 minute old zebrafish embryos receiving morpholino injection

  Artemia (brine shrimp) with nuclei and muscle labeled   20 hour post-fertilization zebrafish embryo expressing ubiquitous nuclear marker  

2015 Winners

1st Place   2nd Place and People's Choice Award
  3rd Place  
1st place Zachary Tobias   2nd place Fengzhu Xiong   3rd place Jessica Plavicki  
Zachary Tobias   Fengzhu Xiong   Jessica Plavicki  
Lewis & Clark College   Harvard Medical School   University of Wisconsin, Madison  
Ubiquitous expression of Brainbow fluorescent proteins in a two day old zebrafish. Multicolor labeling allows tracing of fine neuronal processes.   3D maximum projection of a confocal stack in a 50% epiboly zebrafish embryo (5 hours post fertilization). The nuclei of the cells are shown in yellow (h2b-gfp) and the cell membranes in cyan (mem-cherry).
Expression of green fluorescent protein (GFP) being driven by the transcription factor sox9b (green) in the developing zebrafish fin. An antibody against synaptic vesicles (red) marks neural connections and DAPI (blue) marks cell bodies.

2014 Winners

1st Place   2nd Place   3rd Place  
1st place winner   2nd place winner   3rd place winner  
Jessica Plavicki   Gopi Shah   Erica Binelli  
University of Wisconsin, Madison   Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics,
Dresden, Germany
  DePaul University  
Tail in zebrafish larva, 96 hours post fertilization   Eight cell stage of zebrafish embryo inside chorion   Gut tissue in adult zebrafish  

2013 Winners

1st Place   2nd Place   3rd Place  
Ryan Thummel 1st Place   Rebecca Beer 2nd Place   Lihua Le 3rd Place  
Ryan Thummel   Rebecca L. Beer   Lihua Le  
Wayne State University
School of Medicine

University of California Davis

  Indiana University
School of Medicine
Adult zebrafish retina rod photoreceptors   Adult zebrafish ovary   Zebrafish embryo pancreas ducts  

2013 Honorable Mentions

Alison Deary Honorable Mention 2013   Martin Distel Honorable Mention 2013   Andrew Prendergast Honorable Mention 2013  
Alison Deary   Martin Distel   Andrew Prendergast  
Virginia Institute of Marine Science College of William and Mary   University of California, San Diego   University of Washington  
12 day old spadefish   Axons, cholinergic neurons, and cell nuclei in zebrafish brain   Hindbrain region of 7 day old zebrafish embryo  


Surendra Rajpurohit Honorable Mention 2013   Jennifer Thomas Honorable Mention 2013   Fengzhu Xiong Honorable Mention 2013  
Surendra Rajpurohit   Jennifer Thomas   Fengzhu Xiong  
Medical College of Georgia,
Georgia Health Sciences University
  Wayne State University School of Medicine   Megason Lab
Harvard Medical School
Adult zebrafish heart normal anatomy   Developing zebrafish retina at 7 days post fertilization   Motorneurons in spinal cord of zebrafish  

2012 Winners

1st Place   2nd Place   3rd Place  
van Ham   Shabazz   Xiong  
Tjakko van Ham   Francelethia Shabazz   Fengzhu Xiong  
Massachusetts General Hospital  

Plunkett Lab
St. Thomas University

  Megason Lab
Harvard Medical School
Live zebrafish larval brain   Adult zebrafish brainstem
neuronal culture
  Lateral section of a zebrafish tail  

2012 Honorable Mentions

Rodney Dale   Benjamin Martin   Matthew McCarroll  
Rodney Dale  

Benjamin Martin


Matthew McCarroll


Northwestern University

  University of Washington   Oregon Health and Sciences University  
Zebrafish embryo lateral view of dorsal head above eye   Zebrafish Tail-3 major cell lineages:
vasculature (green), skeletal (blue), and spinal cord neurons (red)
  Inner ear & cranial ganglia in 36-hour post fertilization zebrafish  
Hillary McGraw   Valerie Whittamer   Xiayang Xie  

Hillary McGraw


Valerie Wittamer


Xiayang Xie

Oregon Health and Sciences University   Traver Lab
University of California San Diego
  Georgia Health Sciences University  
Dissected ceratobranchial arches 3 & 4 from jaw of adult zebrafish   Hematopoietic cells in Zebrafish adult skin   Transgenic fish spinal cord expression (red) & spinal cord and neuron branches (yellow)  

2011 Winners

1st Place   2nd Place   3rd Place  
Chanjae Lee 2011 1st place winning image   Margaret Mills 2011 2nd place winning image   Fengzhu Xiong 2011 3rd place winning image  
Chanjae Lee   Margaret Mills   Fengzhu Xiong  
University of Texas, Austin   Fred Hutchinson
Cancer Research Center
  Megason Lab
Harvard Medical School
Microtubules and Xenopus Hindgut   Juvenile Stickleback Armor   Spinal Chord - Zebrafish  

2010 Winners

1st Place   2nd Place   3rd Place  
Frederique Ruf-Zamojski   Bruce Draper   Tatiana Hochgreb  
California Institute of Technology   University of California, Davis   California Institute of Technology  
Eye of a 50 hour post fertilization zebrafish embryo   Zebrafish ovary stained for Vasa protein   Bicistronic expresson in eye of zebrafish embryo  

2009 Winners

1st Place   2nd Place   3rd Place  
First place Albert Pan   Second Place Frederique Ruf-Zamojski   Third place Long Zhao  

Albert Pan

  Frederique Ruf-Zamojski   Long Zhao  
Harvard University   California Institute of Technology   Tsinghua University, Beijing  
Dorsal View of the head of a live 3 days post fertilization zebrafish   Confocal image of the tail of a 4 day-old fliptrap zebrafish embryo   Zebrafish skin structure in tropmyosin4 mutant stained by phalloidin-TRITC  

2009 Honorable Mention

    Honorable Mention Wilson Clements      
    Wilson Clements      
    University of California, San Diego      
    Zebrafish tail at 48 hours, mirrored image      



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