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This photograph shows the cortex of a human brain belonging to an epileptic patient. It was taken before an intracranial electrode procedure to treat the patient’s epilepsy. After removal of several brain sections, this patient made a full recovery and no longer suffers from seizures.

Judges chose it as the overall winner because of its detail. From judge Alice Robert explains: “The ‘gray’ matter (which is gray in death) is blushing pink. Small arteries are glowing with the scarlet blood pulsing through them, while purple veins lie thickly in the sulci, the crevices of the brain. And underneath that is somebody’s mind.”

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    a fascinating glimpse at the brain’s surface anatomy
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