Annual Winners

2016 Photomicrography Competition

Image of Distinction
2016 Photomicrography Competition

★ First Place: 2016 Popular Vote!

Dr. Alvaro Roura

Instituto de Investigacións Mariñas
Ecology and Marine Biodiversity (ECOBIOMAR)
Vigo, Spain

Subject Matter:

Viperfish (Chauliodus sloani)


Reflected Light, Darkfield

see: reflected light, darkfield

Here’s a face you wouldn’t want to see during an undersea adventure. Dr. Alvaro Roura’s Viperfish inspires awe and terror in equal measure. Dr. Roura sorted this Viperfish from a plankton sample collected at night in the surface waters of the Iberian Peninsula. He chose this photo in part because of how it features the “blue” spot under the Viperfish’s eye. The spot produces a red light that brings red prey out of the dark, an extraordinary adaptation for the predator. What’s even more amazing about this photo? It was taken aboard a research vessel surrounded by waves that made the shot very difficult to take.

Dr. Roura’s research is focused on the ecology of zooplankton at The Instituto de Investigacións Mariñas in Vigo, Spain. He has been taking micrographs for eight years.