Reflections of Research 2014

Reflections of Research is our annual competition, reflecting the groundbreaking research of the British Heart Foundation through images. This research would not be possible without your donations.

We know that our driven researchers carry out cutting-edge, painstaking research every day and we want them to share a picture of this research.

Winner and Runners-up are chosen by a panel of judges and the most engaging and exciting image are awarded the British Heart Foundation’s Reflection of Research Image of the Year.

Last year, the best images were featured in the Guardian, BBC News, The Independent,  the Mail Online, The Scientist and many more.

"Images can be a very powerful way of conveying and understanding information in science. But science can also produce images which are beautiful and interesting as works of art."

Alice Roberts
Anatomist, Author and Broadcaster

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3D structure of an adult mouse heart

The Broken Heart

2013 Image of the Year and supporter favourite

Gillian Gray, Megan Swim & Harris Morrison

This image reveals the remarkable 3D structure of an adult mouse heart. The imaging technique used here is being developed to allow us to better measure the extent of injury after heart attack.
Front view of a developing two day old zebrafish heart

Caught in the net

2013 Mending Broken Hearts award

Dr Jana Koth

This is the front view of a developing two day old zebrafish heart. The green cells are heart muscle cells, and the red and blue staining shows components that make up the muscle. The early heart tube has started to loop.



This year's competition

Alongside the prestigious Image of the Year award, the winning BHF-funded researcher will also be awarded two tickets to our glamorous celebrity Ball in aid of the BHF: Roll out the Red, hosted by Mollie King of The Saturdays. The shortlisted images will be exhibited at the Ball, showcasing the cutting-edge research of our scientists.

Simon Gillespie, our Chief Executive said: "This isn’t just visually arresting art; these pictures are reflections of our life-saving research, which makes them even more beautiful."

This isn’t just visually arresting art; these pictures are reflections of our life-saving research, which makes them even more beautiful.

Our supporters will also get a chance to vote for their favourite from the shortlist, awarding the Supporters’ Favourite and Runner-Up award.

Alongside traditional entries like microscopy and computer-generated imagery, this year we are also opening the prize to photographic entries. We are looking for striking and engaging images of research in action.

The competition encourages researchers to look at their research with a fresh eye and share a new aspect of their work. If you are a BHF-funded researcher, get creative with a new image or get searching through your data archives – we want you to send us an original image that reflects your work and our investment in research.

Download the entry form


Previous winners

The competition has been running since 2005. See the spectacular images our scientists have previously entered into our Reflections of Research competition.

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