The Micropalaeontological Society

Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2017



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The Micropalaeontological Society is delighted to announce the winner of this year’s Micropalaeontology Image Competition!

Maxence Delaine, Lille 1 University, France won the competition with this beautiful image of two testate amoebae:  Difflugia pyriformis (L), Difflugia viscidula (R). These testate amoebae on display typically have a length of between 150-300 µm and are built by the organism using recycled mineral grains. The specimens were sampled in a small river of Brittany (Rau de l’étang du Loc’h, Peumerit-Quintin, France). The winning image is a composition of 2 pictures obtained with the SEM of the Laboratoire d’Océanologie et de Géosciences (UMR 8187) at Lille 1 University. The 2 pictures were subsequently combined into a single one, which was then processed in order to obtain this final colour enhanced SEM picture.

On behalf of the Society we would like to congratulate Maxence on his success. Maxence receives the winner’s prize of €200 in recognition of his achievement, in addition to his image being on the front cover of the 2017 TMSoc Microfossil Calendar! Eleven additional winners were selected from the fantastic submissions, and are on display below! A wide variety of microfossils and imaging techniques have been championed this year, and we are already looking forward to next year’s competition.

The twelve winning images have been incorporated into the 2017 Micropalaeontology Calendar, which is now available for purchase! Like last year, the calendar has been produced in spiral-bound A4 format with one page per month.

A full list of the winners can be found below:

  • Maxence Delaine, Lille 1 University, France.
  • Steve Beats, Malvern, UK.
  • Renate Matzke-Karasz, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Germany.
  • Sebastian Poveda, Instituto de Investigación en estratigrafía IIES, Universidad de Caldas, Colombia.
  • Ulrike Hoff, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø.
  • Elizabeth Read, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK and Andrew Bodey, Diamond Light Source, UK.
  • Odysseas Archontikis and Margarita Dimiza, Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
  • Maria Isabel Sandoval, María Isabel Sandoval, Escuela Centroamericana de Geología, Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica.
  • Montaha Alammar, School of Geography and Geosciences, University Of St Andrews, Scotland.
  • Anna Nesterovich, Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, Iowa State University, USA.
  • Peter Lunt, Petronas Carigali, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Sebastian Meier, Institut für Geowissenschaften, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Germany.

Winning Images

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