Illustrators, photographers, computer programmers and designers from around the world submitted visualizations to a once-a-year challenge designed to celebrate and encourage the visual communication of science for education and journalistic purposes. Two-hundred-twelve entries were received from 33 countries, representing every continent except Antarctica.
For the first time, this year's challenge allowed participants to submit entries online. The public also participated for the first time in the voting process, selecting their favorite images as People's Choice winners. One entry, "Velu the Welder" in the Interactive Games category, received 286 public votes. All together, the entries received 3,204 public votes.
Another entry, "Rapid Visual Inventory & Comparison of Complex 3D Structures" won 1st place from the judges and was the People's Choice in the Video category.
Also for the first time this year, participants and the public were able to use social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to share their favorites with others.
Winning entries can be viewed on the NSF website, the Science website and in the February 3rd print issue of Science.
First place, Honorable Mention, and People's Choice winners are listed below.
VIDEO1st Place & People's Choice: Rapid Visual Inventory & Comparison of Complex 3D Structures
The Scripps Research Institute: Molecular Graphics Lab
Andrew NoskeNational Center for Microscopy & Imaging Research
Bradley MarshInstitute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland
Honorable Mention: There's No Such Thing as a JellyfishSteven Haddock and Susan Von Thun
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute & jellywatch.org
Honorable Mention: High Density Energy Storage Using Self-Assembled MaterialsChristopher Wilmer, Omar K. Farha and Patrick E. Fuller
INTERACTIVE GAMES1st Place: Foldit
Seth Cooper, David Baker, Zoran Popoviæ, Firas Khatib, Jeff Flatten, Kefan Xu, Dun-Yu Hsiao and Riley Adams
University of Washington
Honorable Mention: Meta!Blast 3D Interactive Application for Cell and Metabolic Biology. Level 1: The CellW. Schneller, P.J. Campbell, M. Stenerson, D. Bassham and E.S. Wurtele
Iowa State University
Honorable Mention: Build-a-BodyJeremy Friedberg, Nicole Husain, Ian Wood, Genevieve Brydson, Wensi Sheng, Lorraine Trecroce, Kariane St-Denis, David Rowe, Ruby Pajares, Arij Al Chawaf, Shaun Rana and Nancy Reilly
Honorable Mention: Powers of Minus TenLaura Lynn Gonzalez
People's Choice: Velu the WelderMuralitharan Vengadasalam, Ganesh Venkat, Vignesh Palanimuthu, Fabian Herrera and Ashok Maharaja
Tata Consultancy Services
ILLUSTRATIONHonorable Mention: Tumor Death-Cell Receptors on Breast Cancer Cell
Emiko Paul and Quade Paul
Echo Medical Media
Honorable Mention: Variable-Diameter Carbon NanotubesJoel Brehm
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Office of Research & Economic Development
Konstantin Poelke and Konrad Polthier
Free University of Berlin
People's Choice: Separation of a CellAndrew Noske and Thomas Deerinck
The National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research, University of California, San Diego
Horng Ou and Clodagh O'Shea
PHOTOGRAPHY1st Place: Metabolomic Eye
Bryan William Jones
The University of Utah, Moran Eye Center
Honorable Mention: Microscopic Image of Trichomes on the Skin of an Immature CucumberRobert Rock Belliveau
People's Choice: The Cliff of the Two-dimensional World
Babak Anasori, Michael Naguib, Yury Gogotsi and Michel W. BarsoumDrexel University
INFORMATIONAL POSTER & GRAPHICS1st Place: The Cosmic Web
Miguel Angel Aragon-Calvo
Johns Hopkins University
Julieta Aguilera and Mark SubbaRaoAdler Planetarium
Honorable Mention: The Ebola VirusIvan Konstantinov, Yury Stefanov, Alexander Kovalevsky, Anastasya Bakulina
People's Choice: Transmission Electron Microscopy: Structure, Function & 3D ReconstructionFabian de Kok-Mercado, Victoria Wahl-Jensen and Laura Bollinger
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases