Native to the Pacific Ocean, Hawaiian bobtail squid are nocturnal predators that remain buried under the sand during the day and come out to hunt for shrimp near coral reefs at night. The squid have a light organ on their underside that houses a colony of glowing bacteria called Vibrio fischeri. The squid provide food and shelter for these bacteria in return for their bioluminescence.
Hawaiian bobtail squid
Mark R Smith, Macroscopic Solutions

The finalists of the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards have been announced, showcasing the best science-related imagery from the past year. The winning images will go on display in science centers and public galleries around the world from 16 March 2017.

The images are judged on quality, technique, visual impact, and their ability to communicate and engage. To achieve the “most eye-catching celebration of science, medicine and life” and to celebrate the scientists, clinicians, photographers and artists who bring science to life through remarkable imaging.


Winners’ gallery