Authors: Martha Powell, Future Science Group
The Infectious Diseases Photography Competition provided an opportunity for anyone working in the field of infectious diseases – from bench to bedside – to share their work using imagery.
Over the last few months all the entries were whittled down to five finalists by our panel of judges, and from there a public vote has determined the worthy winner. We are delighted to announce Louise Corscadden (University of Leicester, UK) as the winner of the 2018–2019 Infectious Images Photography Competition! Louise won with her image entitled ‘Bacteria, Biofilms and Black Carbon’ that shows Acinetobacter baumannii forming a biofilm structure with and without black carbon; a major component of particulate matter air pollution.
Louise commented on her image: “I would like people to see the possible hidden repercussions of living in an urbanized world. That it is highly likely that this interaction between pathogenic bacteria and air pollution is currently occurring within many of us. Air pollution is an immediate problem that effects the majority of the world’s population and as the myriad of different areas of research show, we are only just realizing the many different aspects of our health that we put in jeopardy just by simply living in our current environments.”
We would like to extend our congratulations to Louise, and if you’ll be attending the Microbiology Society Annual conference (8–11 April, Belfast, UK), the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (12–16 April, Amsterdam, the Netherlands) or ASM Microbe (20–24 June, CA, USA) this year, keep an eye out and you might be able to get a fantastic Infectious Diseases Hub tote bag printed with Louise’s image!