The first ever Science Photographer of the Year exhibition comes to Science Museum this autumn, showcasing striking shots of the tiny details of science.
Held by the Royal Photographic Society, the exhibition combines science and art in a series of shortlisted photos, covering topics from space to the human body — and the crystallisation of Aperol (of Aperol spritz fame).
Bernardo Cesare's psychedelic image, The Science of (Every) Day Life, shows the sugar crystallisation of a drop of Aperol that has been left to dry on a glass slide, and we'll be honest, it's far less orange than we expected.
Large scale images include a shot of the Milky Way, taken from the Himalayas in Nepal, and the 3,200 tonne Lovell Telescope in Cheshire.
Various photographic equipment including smartphones, digital telescopes and medical imaging equipment were used to capture the pictures.
Roger Highfield, Science Director at the Science Museum and competition judge, said:
Since its inception, photography has bridged the worlds of art and science with images which spark and sate curiosity in equal measure. Through images of aesthetic beauty, we can tell stories about the universe and reveal places and phenomena that the naked eye will never see.
The winners will be announced to coincide with the launch of the exhibition in October.
Science Photographer of the Year is on display at Science Museum, 7 October 2019-5 January 2020. Entry is free but tickets need to be booked in advance.