Every year for the last decade, the National Science Foundation has teamed up with the journal Science to co-sponsor the International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. The competition recognizes scientists and artists who use visual media to communicate, and promote the understanding of, scientific research.
The winners were just announced, and this year's top visualizations are — like every year — fantastic.
Categories in this year's competition included photography, illustration, video, posters, games and apps. Below, we've featured a few standout photographs and illustrations, along with this year's first place winner from the video category — a remarkable short that combines illustration, 3D renderings, and live-action video to describe the science of the heart.
Image titles and credits listed below; all image captions via AAAS