Enter the CoolLED imaging competition with a difference for a chance to win a pE-300ultra Illumination System. If you’ve seen a goblin in your gastrula, a horse in your histology or spotted something else entirely, get involved! All you need is a light microscopy image containing another image.

The rules are simple:

  • Images must be captured using light microscopy
  • Closing date is Wednesday 30th June 2021

How to enter:

  • Submit a good quality image along with sample information (sample type, fluorophore, microscope type and magnification) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – and don’t forget to tell us what you can see in your image!
  • By submitting your entry, you are granting us permission to use your image for our marketing purposes (we will credit you in full). Please ask us if you’d like more information.
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Submit competition entries here

Good luck!

Image shown above was the winner of the last CoolLED competition. 

Eye of Sauron by Alfonso Schmidt

Bioimaging Specialist at the Hugh Green Cytometry Centre, New Zealand, captured this histological transversal section of a hair follicle from a skin biopsy (400X magnification). It also resembles the Eye of Sauron – the dark and omnipresent character from the Lord of the Rings movies. The section was stained with DRAQ-7 to highlight nuclei (orange) and the pupil is the autofluorescence of the hair (grey).

About the winner

“The new LED pE-300ultra will be a much-welcomed addition to the facility and will upgrade our Olympus BX51 compound microscope, replacing our old mercury lamp.” 

Alfonso Schmidt is Senior Staff Scientist- Bioimaging specialist at Hugh Green Cytometry Centre, Malaghan Institute of Medical Research.  He oversees the histology and bioimaging facility in the centre. His role centres on accelerating the research, providing training, support and service in relation to histology, imaging and bioimaging analysis.

The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research is New Zealand’s leading independent biomedical research institute with a focus on breakthrough discoveries in immunology and immunotherapy. Key areas of research include cancer, asthma and allergy, gut health, brain health and infectious diseases including COVID-19 research. The imaging facility withing the Institute plays an important role in describing and quantifying immunological patterns and phenomena in tissue and cell culture for both fundamental research and clinical trials.