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Wonders of Science in 100 images


Wonders of Science in 100 images

Tuesday 20 October 2015


MORE than 100 stunning photographs of the wonders of science are to go on show in Salford as part of Manchester Science Festival.


The Royal Photographic Society’s International Images for Science 2015, sponsored by Siemens, is free to visit at Salford University’s ‘media campus’ at MediaCityUK.



Among the many images is this one, which resembles Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ but is in fact hydrangea leaves magnified through a microscopic to reveal the star like silica spines covering the leaf surface.

Another stunning image shows lemongrass as few will have ever seen it, while another reveals an X-ray of a tope shark foetus.

The photographs, taken by people from all walks of life from teenagers and undergraduates to renowned scientists and professional photographers, compete for an annual prize.

2,300 entries

The best of the more than 2,300 entries this year have been gathered together as one of the main attractions of the Manchester Science Festival, which runs from October 22 - November 1.

Andy Miah, Professor of Science Communication at Salford University, who are the main educational sponsors of MSF, said: “We wholeheartedly welcome this exhibition to Salford as it shows the public the wonders of science in a way words never could.”

Among the 100 selected, is an image by the youngest entrant 14-year-old Parvan Nayan, from Stretford in Manchester, who photographed blue ink diffusing in water, making something apparently commonplace a wonder of science.


Dr Michael Pritchard, director general of the Royal Photographic Society, said: “These images have been used to support scientific research or medical diagnosis, to illustrate learned papers and presentations, to show the places in which science is undertaken, or simply to represent the beauty that exists in the natural world and in worlds that are normally invisible to the wider public.

'Some of these images look something out of science fiction but they come from the everyday world we live in.”

The Royal Photographic Society’s International Images for Science 2015 runs from October 19 until October 30, with a private view on 19 October.



About The RPS

The Royal Photographic Society is an educational charity. It was founded in 1853 ‘to promote the Art and Science of photography’ and was granted the use of the title ‘Royal’ in 1894 and it’s Royal Charter in 2004. With a membership open to everyone The Society is the UK’s largest organisation representing photographers with over 11,100 members in the UK and abroad. The Society publishes the Photographic Journal and Imaging Science Journal and it holds over 300 events around the UK and abroad. Its world-class Collection of historic photographs, equipment and library is housed for nation at the National Media Museum, Bradford. For more information visit:


About Siemens

Siemens is a global technology powerhouse with deep roots in the UK, going back over 170 years. The company employs around 14,000 people across 25 major locations in the UK, including 13 manufacturing sites. The Curiosity project is a three-year engagement programme to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics to life for you people and help address the UKs shortage of engineers. For further information on the Curiosity Project visit: