Wounded Wonderland: Mike Samworth of Catterick Garrison, U.K., received an honorable mention for this image of the inside of a sterile wound dressing, captured using polarized light. The dressing consists of a highly absorbent pad of cotton and polyester fiber with a hydrophobic backing layer, which is attached to a very thin perforated polyester film. Samworth became familiar with this type of dressing when he injured his chin during a canoeing trip and his wound became infected, requiring daily dressings. Image: Mike Samworth
Each year the Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition attracts submissions from some of the world's best artists of the microscopic world—both professionals and serious hobbyists. We picked some of our favorites to include in the December 2010 issue of Scientific American, but it was tough to choose among the hundreds of stunning candidates. So here we share online some of those that did not make it in print.