“The good old days…” feature today is different from our usual Friday’s look at the history of medicine. The folks at Medical Humanities remind us that time is running out for residents of the UK to submit photographs for the Novartis and The Daily Telegraph Visions of Science Photographic Awards 2005:
If you still haven’t sent us your images, you have just 5 weeks left until the closing date – Friday 6 May…
Open to amateurs and professionals of all ages who are resident in the UK and Eire, the competition is attracting more entries every year. As with previous years, we have the categories of Action, Close-up, People, Concepts and Art with special awards of Medicine & Life and Young Photographers (plus great prizes for their schools and colleges as well).
In addition to this, there are some new Awards:
Art meets Science Award – A new award for visual artists whose work has been inspired by science or medicine. Entries will be judged as a photographic image, although the original artwork may be a painting, sculpture, installation or photograph
Einstein Year Award – a special award celebrating the centenary of Einstein’s greatest discoveries. The award will be given for the most creative image showing the wonder and ingenuity of contemporary physics.
Hanging by a thread by Dr Peter Keston is the first place winner in 2004. Here is a caption for the picture:
It may look intriguing and rather like an alien, but this image has been created to help patients understand their condition and treatment. The image shows a ‘berry’ aneurysm at the base of the brain. The wall of the basilar artery has ballooned out, ruptured and has caused a devastating brain haemorrhage. To block the blood flow inside the aneurysm and prevent further bleeding, a platinum wire (the thickness of a human hair) is coiled up inside the berry.
Arteries imaged in Siemens Axiom Artis biplane neuro-angiography equipment, rendered on a Siemens Leonardo workstation with Inspace volume rendering software. Wire imaged by Fuji Finepix 4900 digital camera. Images were superimposed on a computer.