Dr. Igor Siwanowicz sees his work opening people’s eyes to some of the smallest animals in our world, and that makes him sort of a public relations representative in service of creepy-crawlies. His favorite subjects are insects, reptiles and amphibians.
Although he says animals are notoriously incorrigible and uncooperative, Igor wonderful images demonstrate his respect and patience for these interesting creatures.
Siwanowicz earned his master’s in biotechnology in Krakow and Aarhus, Denmark, followed by PhD in structural biochemistry in Germany. After two years of post-doctoral studies he travelled as a freelance nature photographer publishing two books: Animals Up Close and Monsters Among Us. He worked as a tech assistant at the Max-Planck Institute for Neurobiology in Munich and is now at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Maryland.
Congratulations to Dr. Igor Siwanowicz for earning first place in the 2013 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition. The winning photo (shown below) is the open trap of an aquatic carnivorous plant, humped bladderwort, with single-cell organisms inside.
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