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Behind the Image

Visualize the beauty of science and medicine

BioImages is BCA’s annual competition showcasing the beauty and complexity of medicine and science through the eyes of professional photographers, videographers and illustrators. The quality of their work reflects how much they love what they do and sharing with it others. Learn more about how the image was made and about the person who made it.


Bordetella pertussis and Whooping cough
Maja Divjak, PhD

Maja Divjak, PhD, is a biomedical animator at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Divjak received the Warren Sturgis Motion Media Award for Bordetella pertussis and Whooping cough. This 3D animation outlines the process of infection of the airways by Bordetella pertussis, a bacterium that causes whooping cough. It specifically details how the bacterium damages ciliated airway cells, impairing normal respiratory function, leading to the severe coughing fits characteristic of whooping cough. Vaccination is vital to protect against this highly contagious disease, not only for us, but also to protect those who cannot tolerate vaccination.

Green Crowned Brilliant Hummingbird
Robin Williams, PhD, MPhil, BSc, FRPS, FIMI, FBPA, FBIPP

Robin Williams, PhD, FBCA received the Canadian Founders Award and a Citation of Merit for his Green Crowned Brilliant Hummingbird (Heliodoxa jacula). Robin is a distinguished photographer with more than forty years experience in professional practice. He holds undergraduate qualifications in scientific and medical photography and Masters and PhD degrees in Medicine. He is currently a Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography, The Royal Photographic Society, and the BioCommunications Association.

Graceful Great Egret
Gigi Williams, BAppSc, FBCA, FRPS, FAIMBI

Gigi Williams, FBCA, FRPS, FAIMBI received a Citation of Merit for her Natural Science entry, Graceful Great Egret (Ardea Alba). Gigi has over 30 years experience as a photographer, practitioner and manager, beginning her career at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She then moved to the Educational Resource Centre at the Royal Children’s Hospital as a medical photographer and was soon promoted to Chief Medical Photographer and then Head of Department.

The Defense Mechanism of the Bombardier Beetle
Kate Zumach, MS

While a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Kate Zumach, MS received an Award of Excellence in Natural Science Illustration and the Best Student Entry for her illustration, The Defense Mechanism of the Bombardier Beetle. She is passionate about her work and for her; natural scientific illustration plays a key role in bridging the gap between scientific literature and its audience.


Prostate Cancer Tree
James Hayden, RBP, FBCA

Jamie Hayden is the Managing Director of the Microscopy and Imaging Core Facility at the Wistar Institute, an NCI Basic Cancer Research Center, located in Philadelphia, PA. Jamie's image, Prostate Cancer Tree, won an Award of Excellence in the Photomicrograph category and a Charles Foster Memorial Citation in the BioImages 2017 Salon. Click on the image to learn more about Jamie and how this award-winning image was made.

Abnormal nerve variant identified during carpal tunnel surgery
Nathan Pallace

Nathan Pallace received the BCA Medical Education Award for his photo Abnormal nerve variant identified during carpal tunnel surgery. Nathan tells us about his job and tips for medical photographers.

Twisted Garlic
Danielle Edwards, FBCA

Danielle Edwards, FBCA, received an Award of Excellence in the Fine Art category for Twisted Garlic. She generously agreed to be one of BCA’s featured BioImages winners and tells us about her background, the career she chose, and tips for working in black and white photography.