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Pregnant Pony Uterus. Photo: Michael Frank, Royal Veterinary College, courtesy Wellcome Images.
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Scientific images are both shocking and fascinating, as they often show us parts of our natural world that go entirely unseen: cross sections of brains, chemical reactions inside the body and extreme closeups of animals too small to actually see with the human eye.

Earlier this month Wellcome Image Awards announced the finalists of their 14th contest recognizing the most excellent and informative scientific images recently acquired by the biomedical research charity.

The pregnant pony uterus above was this year’s overall winner. “It evokes many different emotions at once: it’s fascinating, sad, macabre, almost brutal,” said James Cutmore, Picture Editor of BBC Focus and a judge of the competition. “Yet the subject is also delicate, detailed and beautiful. The image shows as a large and magnificent creature reduced to this sad, fragile and half-formed creation, which I find very humbling.” The pony uterus is preserved in fromalin and was photographed by Michael Frank in the Anatomy Museum of the Royal Veterinary College in London.

Although that winning shot is insane, the entire lineup of finalists is quite surreal.

"3D-printed

3D-printed Lungs in Ribcage

3D-printed Lungs in Ribcage Photo
"Goat

Goat Stomach Chamber

Goat Stomach Chamber
"Immune

Immune Cell Detects Disease

Immune Cell Detects Disease
"Cat

Cat Tongue

Cat Tongue
"Pregnant

Pregnant Pony Uterus

Pregnant Pony Uterus
"Pollen

Pollen Grains

Pollen Grains
"Boll

Boll weevil

Boll weevil
"Tuatara

Tuatara skeleton

Tuatara skeleton
"Mouse

Mouse brain

Mouse brain
"Purkinje

Purkinje Cell

Purkinje Cell
"Chemical

Chemical Reactions in the Kidney

Chemical Reactions in the Kidney
"Delivering

Delivering Medicine to the Brain

Delivering Medicine to the Brain
"Newly

Newly Discovered Parasitoid Wasp

Newly Discovered Parasitoid Wasp
"Greenfly

Greenfly Eye

Greenfly Eye
"Fruit-fly

Fruit-fly Nervous System

Fruit-fly Nervous System
"Mapping

Mapping Brain Wiring

Mapping Brain Wiring
"Delivering

Delivering Medicine to the Lungs

Delivering Medicine to the Lungs
"Curvature

Curvature of the spine

Curvature of the spine
"Children’s

Children’s Multi-Sensory Unit

Children’s Multi-Sensory Unit
"Old

Old Anatomy Model

Old Anatomy Model

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