Microbiology agar art competition

The ‘Agartists’ of microbiology – winning awards with pictures on plates

The winners have been announced of the 5th annual agar art contest run by the American Society for Microbiology, and the submissions are truly incredible.

The artworks are all made by painting living microbes onto agar – the substance on plates used in pathology laboratories that serves as food for microorganisms to grow.

“The Agar Art contest has provided a creative outlet for our scientist members for the past 4 years and this year, we decided to open the contest to anyone who wanted to participate. We got amazing works of art from scientists all over the world, demonstrating that scientists absolutely can be creative!” said Katherine Lontok, Ph. D., Public Outreach Manager at the American Society for Microbiology, who organises the contest.

More than 300 entries were submitted from over 400 artists in 43 countries.

See the winning entries and read all about the contest on the American Society of Microbiology website