Microbes are beautiful

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The results of the 2013 science photography competition known as BioScape are in. These two images, created by Igor Siwanowicz, offer a glimpse into the stunning beauty of the microscopic world.

The first image depicts eight individual algae (called desmids) layered on top of each other. This image was inspired by the symmetry of the mandala, a spiritual symbol in Hinduism.

desmids

In the second image, six microscopic rotifers (actually small animals) surround a single desmid. Looks like he’s about to become lunch!

Rotifers surround desmid

Check out all of the 2013 award-winning photographs here.

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