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DPZ Photo Prize 2019: These are the winners

An Assamese macaque, three Guinea baboons and the diffusion MRI of a macaque heart are the voters‘ favourite motifs and thus winners of the Photo Prize 2019. The prize is awarded once a year to employees who have captured special moments of their everyday research or work life in an impressive photograph.
Originality: „Und jetzt schön zusammenbleiben/ And now stay together“ Photo: Ludwig Ehrenreich
Science: „Wires make the heart beat“ Photo: Rakshit Dardawal
Science: „Wires make the heart beat“ Photo: Rakshit Dardawal
Aesthetics: „Wer ist denn das?/ Who is this guy?“ Photo: Kittisak Srithorn
Aesthetics: „Wer ist denn das?/ Who is this guy?“ Photo: Kittisak Srithorn

How different the work of primatologists can look was very well reflected in the various pictures in 2019. Among the entries were microscopic images of individual cells, photos of free-living primates in their natural habitat and tissue structures of individual organs calculated with the help of MRI. To do justice to this diversity, the 200 Euro prize was awarded, as in 2018, to one winner in each of the three categories of Aesthetics, Originality and Science. The contest was made possible this year by our generous sponsor, Charles River Laboratories Germany. From a total of 109 entries, a jury consisting of members of the DPZ Sponsorship Society selected the 10 best pictures in each category. The 30 nominated photographs were then printed in large format and exhibited in the foyer of the DPZ. From then on, DPZ staff and guests were asked to cast their votes for their personal favourites and thus determine the three winning pictures.

In the Aesthetics category the photo entitled: "Wer ist denn das?/ Who is this guy?“ was awarded. The photographer is Kittisak Srithorn, field assistant at the Phu Khieo research station in northeastern Thailand. His winning photo shows an Assamese macaque drinking in the Thai rainforest.

 "Und jetzt schön zusammenbleiben/ And now stay together" is the winner in the category Originality. It shows a young Guinea baboon who is firmly in control of two adult conspecifics, possibly his parents. Ludwig Ehrenreich from the Department of Cognitive Ethology photographed this scene in Nikolo Koba National Park in Senegal.

Fiber tracts in the in vitro macaque heart are shown in the picture "Wires make the heart beat" by PhD student Rakshit Dardawal from the Department of Functional Imaging. The structure was estimated by diffusion MRI and subsequently coloured. The colorful picture won in the Science category.