FENS-EJN image competition 2022: discover the winner image!

22 June 2022


The FENS Communication Committee and the European Journal of Neuroscience (EJN) are delighted to announce that the winner of the FENS-EJN Image Competition 2022 is Sandra Süß with the image “Hidden Species”.  The image will be featured on the cover of the European Journal of Neuroscience, the FENS website and at the FENS Forum 2022 congress centre in Paris, France!

FENS and EJN are also delighted to announce the winners of the FENS EJN Image Competition audience vote are Michele Petraroia and Marco Segatto with the image “AUTO-recycling”. The image will be featured on the cover of EJN Virtual Issue, in addition to being featured on the FENS website and at the Forum 2022 congress centre.

Winning image

Hidden Species

“Exploring the brain as a neuroscientist sometimes feels like being an astronaut exploring the universe looking for new species. The image reflects an immunohistochemically processed mouse brain slice showing PKC-delta immunoreactive cells (blue) in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis. Using an AAV-based fluorescent labelling, serotonergic axon terminals (yellow) arising from the dorsal raphe nucleus were visualized. The photomicrograph was captured with a confocal laser scanning microscope, rotated by 90 degrees, and mirrored vertically to create a face-like structure”. Sandra Süß

Audience Vote Winner


“Immunofluorescence of fully differentiated N1E-115 neuroblastoma cells showing βIII-tubulin (red) and autophagosome’s LC3 protein (green). DAPI (blue) has been used to stain cells nuclei. The image has been captured using a Leica TCS SP8 confocal microscope and Leica Application Suite (LAS X software, with a 20x/0.55 DRY objective and 1.5x zoom factor. The image has been processed using Photoshop 2020 software”.

The nine shortlisted images

The following images have also been selected to be featured on the FENS website and the FENS Forum 2022 congress centre in Paris! Interested to find out more about each image’s creative process and topic? Watch our Instagram every Thursday, starting on 12 May!

Get a glimpse in the slideshow below!