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ARTiS has been around since 2013, it started of as an internal competition but has since grown and made a leap to open to the public in 2015. With the competition in 2016 sponsors like Lundbeckfonden have entered and started to support the contest, this allowed to increase the reach significantly and people from all over the world have since participated. The winning pictures of the previous years can be found on this page.

ARTiS 2017 Competition

The winning pictures and prizes from the ARTiS 2017 Competition.

1st prize, Culture Night, Category: Mini - Beauty in Seawater
by Jannicke Wiik-Nielsen

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the hydroid, Echtopleura larynx. The hydroid is a fouling organism usually found attached to sunken ropes, floating buoys, mussel shells, rocks and seaweed. The hydroid has two distinct rings of tentacles, one around its mouth and the other at the base of the head. In between the two rings of tentacles, are the gonophores, or the sexual buds. The hydroids are beautiful but beware; their delicate looks belie their potent nature. They possess an armament of stinging cells equipped with nematocysts in their tentacles used to capture and subdue prey. Magnification: x20 when printed at 10cm wide.
I'm a researcher at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute. The institute uses my images in different communication contexts and supplies the images to Science Photo Library.

Instrument, Social Media, Category: Macro - Precious bequer in flames
by Helena Augusta Lisboa de Oliveira

This is a beaker containing nanoparticles.

Humor, Category: Nano - Agony
by Fabrizio Gualandris

The image was taken using a transmission electron microscope looking to a ceramic sample. each doats is an atom! it represents the agony that each PhD student, at least time, ever felt in his/her job.

Category: Micro - Erotic Art
by Jannicke Wiik-Nielsen

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a dog flea antenna. The fleas particularly live on domestic dogs and cats, but may occasionally bite humans. The fleas have antennae on both sides of their head. These are delicate sense organs which play a significant role in host-finding and are crucial for successful mating. They contain disc-shaped clasping organs which secretes an adhesive, glue-like substance. With erect antennae, the male flea moves towards a female until their heads contact each other. He then uses his antenna to push the female’s abdomen up until he is underneath her and then uses his claws to grab onto the female’s legs during mating. Magnification: x950 when printed at 10cm wide.
I'm a researcher at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute. The institute uses my images in different communication contexts and supplies the images to Science Photo Library.

Category: Mega - Fail
by Carlos Gómez Guijarro

This composition of pictures displays a merger of galaxies 100,000 light years across just 1Gyr after the Big Bang. The images were taken with the Hubble Space Telescope (credit: HST/ALMA projects 2109/2012.1.00978.S, P.I.: A. Karim) using three different filters (columns), color coded and treated aiming at displaying the faintest features of the object (rows). While the result looks appealing to the eye, it is not a fair representation of the system. It is instead the product of a wrong application of the method, reflecting the learning process of the PhD student. Quoting Alberto Giacometti: “The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.” Although in this case, creation came from an unrepeatable accident in an attempt of representing reality.
Author: Carlos Gómez Guijarro, PhD student (Dark Cosmology Centre, NBI). Studying the evolutionary link between primitive starburst and present-day massive galaxies.

Category: Visualizations - Finding hay in a needle stack
by Michael Asger Andersen

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a malignancy of the mature B-cells. It is the most common leukemia in the Western world, and there are an ever increasing number of new patients diagnosed in Denmark every year, with 550 patients diagnosed in 2015, compared to 300 patients in 2010. The heterogeneous disease course is a hallmark of CLL. The median survival can be under 3 years in high-risk patients and over 25 years in low-risk patients. Our group seeks to discover patterns predictive of the disease course.
The illustration shows the evolution of the lymphocytes over time for 4000 CLL patients. The x-axis is the number of years since diagnosis, and the y-axis is the lymphocyte count in a log10 scale. The yellow line shows the lymphocyte count for a single patient.

Best scientific explanation - Malet i sten
by Magnus August Ravn Harding

Dette billede viser fordelingen af kalk (rød) og ler (grøn) i et fossil fra samlingerne på Geologisk Museum. Billedet fortæller en omtrent 60 millioner år gammel historie fra det vestlige Grønland. Dengang voksede hér både løv- og nåletræer, herunder blandt andet denne Taxodium. Billedet vidner om en detaljeret kalkkrystallisation af hver eneste celle i det ældgamle blad og viser hvordan organismer kan bevares i sten gennem millioner af år. Således kan for længst uddøde dyr og planter samt deres levesteder efterfølgende studeres.
Billedet blev taget med time-of-flight secondary-ion-mass-spectrometry (TOF SIMS). Fossilets overflade blev bombarderet af Bismuth-ioner, som frigjorde atomer fra de øverste få nanometer af fossilet, som dernæst kunne identificeres. Hele billedet måler 5x5 millimeter.
Mit navn er Magnus Harding. Kion Norrman fra DTU Risø hjalp mig med at tage billedet til brug i mit bachelorprojekt, som jeg skriver under vejledning af Tais W. Dahl fra SNM.

Amateur Prize - Only the lonely
by Carsten Wraae

Capturing wildlife can be tricky. Unless it's "still wildlife"... The picture is taken at 'Biologiska Museet' in Stockholm, a wonderful (if slightly dusty) place where dioramas of wildlife are only lit by natural light. The lasting moment caught here is of a 'ciconia ciconia' or 'white stork' standing proudly in its nest - maybe waiting for its mate?

Young art-scientists - Flower
by Andrii Lapytskyi

Fluorescent flowers seen through the filters.

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ARTiS 2016 Competition

The winning pictures and prizes from the ARTiS 2016 Competition.

1st prize - The Kiss
by Zoe Anderson-Jenkins from University of Copenhagen. The prize was a professional photo session and printed picture.

2nd prize - The Lonesome Nomad
by Benoît Desbiolles & Valentin Flauraud from EPFL in Switzerland. The prize was printed picture, Artis cup and a voucher.

3rd prize - Form, Function, Fabulous
by Kim N. Dalby from University of Copenhagen. The prize was printed picture, Artis cup and champagne tasting.

Runner-ups for best picture

Nematic Droplets
by Vance Williams from Simon Fraser University. The prize was an Artis cup.

by Sebastian-Alexander Stamatis from University of Copenhagen. The prize was an Artis cup.

The Beginning
by artist Jens-Ole Bock (Kongstadbock) from Denmark. The prize was an Artis cup.

Young ART-Scientists prize

Surface Tension
by Alix and Sacha Guilbert, Morvarid, Stefan and Vilhelm from Den Dansk-Franske Skole in Copenhagen. The prize was printed picture, a visit to our lab and a trophy.

Amateur prize

Spider Web Diffraction
by Svend Erik Westh Hansen from Nature Photographers in Denmark. The prize was printed picture.

Humoristic prize

Insect samples are also good for a laugh
by Malene Fogh Bang from University of Copenhagen. The prize was a gift.

Culture Night Visitors prize

by Sebastian-Alexander Stamatis from University of Copenhagen. The prize was a gift.

Facebook prize

Magnetic Mandala
by Helena Augusta Lisboa de Oliveira from University of Brasília. The prize was a gift.

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ARTiS 2015 Competition

In 2015 there was no formal award ceremony, nonetheless there have been a few pictures standing out.




Chip Carrier

Microscope 2



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