Biofilm Create! Competition 2023: Winners Announced
We’re pleased to announce the winners of our 2023 Biofilm Create! Competition.
We launched our first competition in 2021 as part of our #BiofilmAware campaign, which works to raise awareness of NBIC and its research, and the many societal and economic impacts of biofilms. We are pleased to announce the winners below.
The competition had two categories: photography and art, and was a great opportunity for members of the public, budding artists and photographers to explore biofilms in their everyday environments and is also a chance for scientists to look at creative ways of showcasing their cutting-edge research.
Thank you very much for everyone who took part. The quality of the entries in both categories were outstanding. Amazon gift cards were awarded to first (£500), second (£250) and third place (£125) in both categories.
Photography Category Winners
1st Place: Mark Burton, University of Southampton
Description: A thick, dark biofilm has formed on an abandoned drink, and forms the foundation for the growth of a plethora of mould, established over many weeks. A biofilm is a group of microorganisms that include bacteria, yeasts or fungi, and protozoa, and accumulates on surfaces exposed to water and nutrients that support bacterial life.
2nd Place: Huan Ma and Xiayi Liu, University of Bristol
3rd Place: Sean Booth, University of Oxford
Art Category Winners
1st Place: Kelly Capper-Parkin, Sheffield Hallam University
Life and Death in Thread
Description: Wool stitching onto black fabric mimics both the alive and the dead cells of a biofilm formed by the wound pathogen P. aeruginosa. Based on an image captured by confocal microscopy, the biofilm layers cells upon cells and spreads further and further. A cautionary tale of the perseverance of wound infection causing bacteria.
2nd Place: Anna Romachney
‘Symbiotic Culture of Art‘
3rd Place: Cerys Heys and Louis Cook, University of Southampton.
Our diverse panel of 5 judges took part in an unbiased and anonymous judging process.
We sincerely thank the judging panel for their time and efforts in supporting our competition.
Chris Denning: Director of the University of Nottingham’s Biodiscovery Institute.
Paul Maguire: Freelance Photographer, with a background in Earth science and exploration.
Catriona Clark: Art student from the University of Edinburgh.
Joanna Verran: Emeritus Professor of Microbiology from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Competition Organisers Picks
The organisers of the Biofilm Create! competition would like to give special mention to one entry from each category which were not awarded prizes on this occasion.
Liam Matthew Jones, University of Southampton
Metal eating microbes
Description: A comic, titled ‘Metal eating microbes’, which is about how when microbes form biofilms they can become difficult to remove. In the energy industry this can lead to microbiologically influenced corrosion which causes significant damage and has a large associated cost.
Breseya Clark, University of Southampton
Phases of Biofilm
Description: Three watercolour paintings based on miscroscope images of biofilms versus the blooms and coating that can be seen on a petri dish. The way that the microscopic films are laid out is inspired by the phases of the moon, indicating how these biofilms build over time and will continue to do so as long as bacteria will form communities.
Brogan Richards, University of Nottingham
Like stars in a galaxy
Description: A. fumigatus spores grown in YPD overnight allowed to germinate and form hyphal networks imaged using phase contrast microscopy at 40X magnification.
Symbiotic Culture of Art
Description: Photograph of SCOBY grown which had been gram stained and looked at in more detail under a microscope.