This award-winning photo portrays the fantastic landscape within a blood clot, the major trigger behind heart attacks and strokes.

Using a scanning electron microscope, a team at the University of Leeds were able to produce the photo exposing the unusual structures developed during blood clotting.

The grey background is used to reveal the clot itself, whereas the coloured blobs emphasise the significant structural details. These include: red representing red blood cells, turquoise representing platelets, and purple, blue, green and yellow representing different types of white blood cell.

Despite providing a beautiful representation, the photo also proves very useful in supporting scientists’ understanding of the way in which blood clots form. This could potentially lead to novel drug production in the future.