If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the beholder holds the power to find it. And, when it comes to finding beauty, few do it better than those who make images in the course of their daily work.
The folks at Carl Zeiss, well-known for their microscopy tools, agree, and for the past nine years have sponsored a photography competition at the Department of Engineering at Cambridge University in the UK.
The winners of the 2012 competition have just been announced, and the images are available for viewing. These are amazing. Here are a few materials science images that caught my eye.
There were plenty of macroscopic images submitted to the competition, too.