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Behind the Image

Visualize the beauty of science and medicine

BioImages is BCA’s annual competition showcasing the beauty and complexity of medicine and science through the eyes of professional photographers, videographers and illustrators. The quality of their work reflects how much they love what they do and sharing with it others. Learn more about how the image was made and about the person who made it.


Retinal Detachment caused by rupture of globe
Angelos Rantis

Angelos Rantis is a medical photographer based in Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. He graduated from the University of West Attica with bachelors degree in Photography & Audiovisual Arts in 2012. After finishing his military obligations in Greece, Angelos was employed from Athens Eye Hospital in 2013 and at the same time he started his PgCert in Medical Illustration from Cardiff University in Wales. After graduation in 2015, he moved to Wales to work as a Clinical Photographer for the NHS Wales in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. His love for ophthalmic photography moved him in 2016 to his current position in London.

Male Western Hercules Beetle, Dynastes granti
Charles Hedgcock, RBP, FBCA

Charles "Chip" Hedgcock has combined his love of the outdoors with more than 30 years of experience photographing in medicine, the life sciences, and fine arts, to create a unique vision of the natural world. He is known for his images that explore nature, and the natural world. Chip is a photographer for the University of Arizona's Department of Entomology.

Chip holds a BA degree from Brooks Institute of Photography and is a Registered Biological Photographer as well as a Fellow of the BioCommunications Association. In 2016, he was selected as a Louis Schmidt Laureate, the highest honor in the BioCommunications Association. You can see more of Chip’s work at charleshedgcock.com.

Electrophotography Discharge image of a Bee Balm Flower
Ted Kinsman

Ted Kinsman has worked as an optical engineer, a physicist, and a physics instructor before joining the Photographic Sciences Department at RIT. He is one of the few active high-speed photographers able to photograph at times less than 1/1,000,000th of a second. Recently, Kinsman’s work has expanded to the x-ray region of the spectrum where he continues to explore imagery for books and magazines. His work has appeared on The Discovery Channel, Crime Scene Investigations (CSI), The X-Files, South Park, The Tyra Banks Show, and The Frozen Planet series. Kinsman is currently an Assistant Professor in the school of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS) where he teaches Photographic Instrumentation, Scanning Electron Microscopy, and High-Speed Imaging. His current book is Cannabis: Marijuana under the microscope which was published May, 2018.

C Section "It’s a baby girl"
David Bishop, BSc, MIMI, AHCS

David’s first photography job was as a trainee photographer with the Ministry of Defence. For the next 22 years he undertook all manner of PR and corporate photography in the UK and abroad. He later joined the Medical Illustration Department at the UCL Medical School, (Royal Free Campus) as a trainee medical photographer and completed his BSc in Medical Illustration to become a qualified clinical photographer. He is currently the Photography Services Manager for UCL Medical Photography / Health Creatives. Photography is still his passion and pleasure; whether it is in the operating theatre, photographing a cancerous tumour, or on the beaches of Norfolk in the middle of winter photographing seal pups being born.

Bordetella pertussis and Whooping cough
Maja Divjak, PhD

Maja Divjak, PhD, is a biomedical animator at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Divjak received the Warren Sturgis Motion Media Award for Bordetella pertussis and Whooping cough. This 3D animation outlines the process of infection of the airways by Bordetella pertussis, a bacterium that causes whooping cough. It specifically details how the bacterium damages ciliated airway cells, impairing normal respiratory function, leading to the severe coughing fits characteristic of whooping cough. Vaccination is vital to protect against this highly contagious disease, not only for us, but also to protect those who cannot tolerate vaccination.

Green Crowned Brilliant Hummingbird
Robin Williams, PhD, MPhil, BSc, FRPS, FIMI, FBPA, FBIPP

Robin Williams, PhD, FBCA received the Canadian Founders Award and a Citation of Merit for his Green Crowned Brilliant Hummingbird (Heliodoxa jacula). Robin is a distinguished photographer with more than forty years experience in professional practice. He holds undergraduate qualifications in scientific and medical photography and Masters and PhD degrees in Medicine. He is currently a Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography, The Royal Photographic Society, and the BioCommunications Association.

Graceful Great Egret
Gigi Williams, BAppSc, FBCA, FRPS, FAIMBI

Gigi Williams, FBCA, FRPS, FAIMBI received a Citation of Merit for her Natural Science entry, Graceful Great Egret (Ardea Alba). Gigi has over 30 years experience as a photographer, practitioner and manager, beginning her career at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She then moved to the Educational Resource Centre at the Royal Children’s Hospital as a medical photographer and was soon promoted to Chief Medical Photographer and then Head of Department.

The Defense Mechanism of the Bombardier Beetle
Kate Zumach, MS

While a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Kate Zumach, MS received an Award of Excellence in Natural Science Illustration and the Best Student Entry for her illustration, The Defense Mechanism of the Bombardier Beetle. She is passionate about her work and for her; natural scientific illustration plays a key role in bridging the gap between scientific literature and its audience.


Prostate Cancer Tree
James Hayden, RBP, FBCA

Jamie Hayden is the Managing Director of the Microscopy and Imaging Core Facility at the Wistar Institute, an NCI Basic Cancer Research Center, located in Philadelphia, PA. Jamie's image, Prostate Cancer Tree, won an Award of Excellence in the Photomicrograph category and a Charles Foster Memorial Citation in the BioImages 2017 Salon. Click on the image to learn more about Jamie and how this award-winning image was made.

Abnormal nerve variant identified during carpal tunnel surgery
Nathan Pallace

Nathan Pallace received the BCA Medical Education Award for his photo Abnormal nerve variant identified during carpal tunnel surgery. Nathan tells us about his job and tips for medical photographers.

Twisted Garlic
Danielle Edwards, FBCA

Danielle Edwards, FBCA, received an Award of Excellence in the Fine Art category for Twisted Garlic. She generously agreed to be one of BCA’s featured BioImages winners and tells us about her background, the career she chose, and tips for working in black and white photography.