Explosive cells take the prize in our national science image competition

17 August 2018        

Category: Research

Today we announced the winner of our annual science image competition ‘Reflections of Research’. The captivating images showcase the cutting-edge heart and circulatory disease research taking place across the UK thanks to BHF-funded scientists. 

Reflections of Research 2018

This year's winning image: 'Explosive beginnings', Courtney Williams, University of Leeds 

The winner of the BHF 2018 reflections of research competition 'Explosive beginnings' by  Courtney Williams, University of Leeds. Her image shows hundreds of endothelial cells - which line the inner surface of all blood vessels in the body - clinging to the surface of a tiny bead, one fifth of a millimeter in diameter. The image looks like a planet surrounded by misshapen rings.  

Her image shows hundreds of endothelial cells - which line the inner surface of all blood vessels in the body - clinging to the surface of a tiny bead, one fifth of a millimetre in diameter. The endothelial cells are beginning to 'sprout', the process whereby new blood vessels are formed within the body.

Read more about "explosive beginnings" image and the story behind it.

Judges runner up 2018: Subarachnoid vessels, Matt MacGregor Sharp, University of Southampton 

colourful blood vessels in the lining of the brain

The judges were also impressed by this super-high resolution image which shows normal blood vessels, in blue with surrounding purple layers, at the surface of a rat’s brain, in brown.

Read more about "subarachnoid vessels" and what this picture shows.

Supporters choice 2018: A snapshot of platelet production, Abdullah Obaid Khan, University of Birmingham

This image shows platelets forming within the bone marrow.

Read more about "a snapshot of platelet production" and what this pictures shows. 

See the full shortlist and find out what they show