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Researcher photography showcases impact of work

USask announces 2024 Images of Research contest winners.
2024 Grand Prize winner, A Curious Male Honeybee.

SASKATOON — For the 10th year in a row, University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers, scholars and artists have showcased the impact of their work using the power of photography. The results are nothing short of amazing and provide an inside look into the beautiful world of research.

Organized by USask’s Research Profile and Impact team, the Images of Research contest is an annual celebration of the beauty, diversity and impact of USask research. This year’s contest featured more than 100 entries across five categories, with winning images selected by seven multi-disciplinary panels of judges, and over 2,800 public votes. The contest was viewed online over 16,000 times.

Submitted images represent the research, scholarly and artistic works of 14 USask colleges, schools and research institutes. Entries by students, staff, faculty and alumni demonstrate the unique ways that USask research is addressing local and global challenges.

View all winning and runner-up images here and all 2024 submissions here.


Grand Prize: “A Curious Male Honeybee”


Submitted by: Dr. Marina Carla Bezerra da Silva (DVM), PhD student, Department of Veterinary Pathology, WCVM


Did you know that worker honeybees are the only bees used in agrochemical risk assessment? Although the queen and drones are in charge of reproduction within the hives, only the workers are subjected to the toxicological risk assessment. An excellent in vitro toxicological exposure for workers is currently available for researchers. Over the past few decades, many studies that attempted to raise male honeybees in vitro have failed; however, a successful in vitro protocol for rearing male honeybees for future agrochemical risk assessment was developed in our lab in 2023. This stunning image shows the first curious male honeybee emerging from the plate in the lab instead of its usual wax comb. So, what is the male honeybee looking for?

Funding: Mitacs, Bayer, Interprovincial Undergraduate Summer Research Award (IUSRA), Saskatchewan Beekeepers Development Commission, Manitoba Canola Growers, SaskCanola, British Columbia Blueberry Council, BASF, personal Dean’s scholarship.


Arts in Focus: “Wakiŋyaŋ Tuŋwaŋpi (When you see lightning but don’t hear thunder)”


Submitted by: Raina Buffalo Pechawis, undergraduate student, Department of Art and Art History, College of Arts and Science


My drawing is based on research of neurographic art and my cultural experience. Neurographic art is meeting with your unconscious and the drawing process is based in mindfulness. It should be a meditative process, diving deep into the mind, avoiding rational thinking and letting your hands draw freely. I drew myself with a mythical being called the thunderbird from my Dakota culture. They represent power, strength, protection, and they create the thunderstorms to bless the earth. I wanted to incorporate my spiritual consciousness that I feel when I pray to the creator, and when I dance Powwow. In the drawing the thunderbird and I are connecting through the lightning coming from our eyes, representing the connection I have with the spiritual world, and Mother Earth. I was taught we are all connected, and we go through cycles which is represented with the medicine wheel.


Community Impact: “Fire Season Reflections”


Submitted by: Lindsay Carlson, PhD student, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Science