Medical photographer, Robert Ludlow, captured the most worthy vessel of the human body and all its glory. The candid was taken in 2012 during brain surgery on a patient who suffers from epilepsy. Though the circumstances behind being able to capture the living brain were drear, the outcome was beautiful. Who gets to say, they’ve seen their brain before? Very few, and not many get to say an image of their brain won a photography contest and prize.

Alice Roberts, one of the judges of the annual biomedical photography contest said it best: “through the skill of the photographer, we have the privilege of seeing something which is normally hidden away inside our skulls.” And what a sight to see, let alone capture. The image is crystal clear, and the patient’s actual surgery was a success, so we hope to see more living brain photography in the near future.

“For me, the context, the composition and the clarity of this image made it a winner,” Roberts said.

Living Brain Image Wins Photography Prize

Credit: ROBERT LUDLOW, UCL INSTITUTE OF NEUROLOGY, LONDON; WELLCOME TRUST