Announcing the 2019 winner of the Infectious Images Photo Competition


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 past 2 months a total of 26 entries were whittled down to just five by our expert panel of judges and from there the final five have been put to a public vote! After 2 weeks of intense voting we are delighted to announce the 2019 winner – congratulations to Sarahí Rodríguez-Cruz from the Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN (Mexico City, Mexico) for her winning image entitled ‘Intimate interaction between HeLa cells and Trichomonas vaginalis’

Sarahí commented on her image: “I would like people to keep in mind the way Trichomonas interacts with the human cells during infection. Also, I would like people to understand the relevance and the need for basic studies to shed some light on the complex biology and pathogenesis of T. vaginalis.”

“Soon, a deep understanding of parasite biology can help to identify new ways to diagnose and treat this sexually transmitted infection, some of the main problems of this curable infection.”

We’d like to extend our congratulations to Sarahí and if you’d like to pick up a tote bag with Sarahí’s image on it then keep an eye out for Infectious Diseases Hub at the Microbiology Society Annual conference (30 March – 3 April, Edinburgh, UK), the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (18–21 April, Paris, France) or ASM Microbe (18–22 June, Chicago, IL, USA)

Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image of the interaction between Trichomonas vaginalis (blue) and a HeLa cell monolayer (pink). During the parasite:host cell interaction

‘Intimate interaction between HeLa cells and Trichomonas vaginalis’ by Sarahí Rodríguez-Cruz


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