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“Nanoroses”, la fotografia guanyadora del nostre concurs fotogràfic #FOTICMAB2019

El nostre tradicional concurs fotogràfic, FOTICMAB, ja és una activitat consolidada i rep cada any una alta participació. Aquest any, teníem tres categories: científicartistic ihumoristic. La categoria artística va ser la que va tenir més participació(27 fotografies), seguit de la nostra categoria científica preferida (12 fotografies) i una categoria humorística, amb (només) 5 photos. We also received onevideo in the ClowntICMAB video category

Elguanyador of the scientific category is the photo you can see above; “Nanoroses” perAlbert Queraltó“Cervesa Eiffel“, perCristiano Matricardi won the artistic category, i“Mad Bo” perjan Grzelak won thehumoristic” categoria. Albert Queraltó is a postdoc at theGrup SUMÀ, Cristiano Matricardi is a PhD researcher at theGrup NANOPTO, and Jan Grzelak is a PhD researcher at theNN group. The winner of each cateogory received an ICMAB glassbottle, a diploma and the applauses of all our staff

Let’s see the story behind each one of the winning and finalist photos:

Scientific Category

Primer premi: Nanoroses, by Albert Queraltó

“La fotografia es va fer mitjançant microscòpia electrònica d’escombratge d’una pel·lícula superconductora YBCO cultivada a partir de solucions químiques, seguint un mètode de creixement assistit líquid transitori. Els colors reflecteixen dues composicions químiques diferents, la capa YBCO en verd, i segregacions d’òxid de coure en vermell.”


I would like to thank all the people that participated and that voted for my pictures. I feel very happy that my photos were selected among the high quality pictures that could be found in the contest.Thank you very much.” (Albert Queraltó)

Finalist: Alive-ICMAB, by Amanda Muñoz

“L’últim mes de la meva tesi de màster va consistir en la tinció de cucs amb O vermell oli per estudiar-ne el contingut lipídic. Un matí em vaig adonar que els meus cucs estaven fixats en algunes posicions estranyes i que alguns semblaven lletres. Vaig reunir algunes d’aquestes imatges i vaig obtenir el nom ICMAB. Era difícil coordinar tots els cucs, però ara puc dir que sóc un domador de cucs.” 


Finalist: Nanogun, by Cristiano Matricardi

“Pel·lícula metàl·lica nanoestructurada que s’embolica durant la secció transversal d’una mostra.” 


Menció Especial: Invasió de les Meduses Pt, by Sergi Martín Río


Artistic Category

Primer premi: Cervesa Eiffel, by Cristiano Matricardi

A relaxing break, a cold beer and the sunlight, those are the ingredient of this photo. Light that pass through the glass of beer give rise to a series of reflection and refraction phenomena that interfere to each other generating shadows calledcaustics”. Those light fringes are in the most of the case of random shape, like in the bottom of a swimming pool. In this photo the angle of the sunlight and the position of the glass of beer produce a fancy shape that impressively resemble the tour Eiffel.” 


Finalist: Alba a Santa Pau, by Albert Queraltó

The picture was taken at dawn in, a partially-cloud day. The location is the medieval town of Santa Pau (Girona), and the bicycle was in a private garden which the owner kindly let me access for the shot.


Finalist: Pensant, by Albert Queraltó

The statue can be found in the medieval town of Santa Pau. I took the picture because, at that time, it represented the quietness that one must experience when evaluating life.” 


Finalist: Ombra Negra, by Cristiano Matricardi

I was bringing my camera to make good photos to my samples but the sunset and the human-like shapes of the Matgas bulding where more intersting. Expecially during the sunset, the bright and intense red color creates a strong contrast with the shapes giving rise to this captivating black shadow.


Humoristic Category

Primer premi: Mad Bo, by Jan Grzelak (Starring Ma Zheng)

The photo “Mad Ma” is my makeover of the “Mad Max” movie poster with my good friend and officemate Ma as the protagonist. We always make jokes together and it creates a very positive work atmosphere. I dedicate my prize to my friend Ma who kindly allowed me to upload this picture and I’m looking forward for his “revenge” in next year’s FOTICMAB.


Finalist: Data límit per arribar, by Judit Tomsen


Finalist: Fluffy Unicorn, by Cristiano Matricardi

Does this photo really deserve any explanation? He is an arguably sober unicorn who tris to hit something with an old broken broom. Isn’t he adorable?”


Video CLOWNTICMAB Category

Primer premi: El got relaxat, by Amanda Muñoz and Natalia Martínez

We watched Carlos Rios dancing the mango song to promote a healthy diet in Instagram. per tant, we though it would be funny to adapt a scientific version of this challenge for the clowntICMAB contest. One Friday afternoon we practised and recorded it. It was a funny experience although it was difficult to keep the secret until the publication. We expected more competitors, so we challenge other groups to try to win us next year (just try it).”

Anna May Masnou
18 juny, 2019