December 9, 2014

Three winners have been selected in the Faces of Biology Photo Contest, sponsored by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). This is the fourth year AIBS has sponsored the photo contest, which drew robust participation from scientists, educators, and students.

The contest is an opportunity for members of the scientific community to showcase the varied forms that biological research can take. The photos will be used to help the public and policymakers better understand the value of biological research and education.

First Place Winner—Jean Polfus

Jean Polfus, a Ph.D. candidate at the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Manitoba, won First Place. The winning photo depicts a volunteer collecting caribou scat on Tets'ehxe (Drum Lake) in the Northwest Territories, Canada. The scat samples are analyzed for genetic information about caribou populations in the region. The research project depends on hunters and trappers to collect scat samples.

Second Place Winner—Daniel Le

Second Place was awarded to Daniel Le, the Botany Collection's Digital Media Specialist at The Field Museum. His photo depicts Allie Stone working with tropical butterflies from the museum's vast collections. Stone and Le collaborated on a project to digitally image natural history specimens.

Third Place Winner—Ben Adams

Ben Adams won Third Place for his photo of a field crew trekking to their sampling site on Sawmill Creek, near Juneau, Alaska. Adams is the Interactions of Hatchery/Wild Chum Salmon Project Coordinator at the Sitka Sound Science Center. He works on a research project that investigates how wild and hatchery-reared chum salmon interact in streams in southeast Alaska.

The first place photo will be featured on the cover of an upcoming issue of the journal BioScience. Polfus will also receive $250 and a one-year membership in AIBS, including a subscription to BioScience. The second and third place photos will be featured in an article in BioScience, and the photographers will each receive a one-year membership in AIBS with a subscription to BioScience.

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