Nephrotoma suturalis spermatocyte (crane fly sperm cell) during metaphase in meiosis. Image was captured using a newly developed orientation-independent differential interference contrast technique. Judges' Special Award for Technical Merit, 2010 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition®. For additional details on the microscopy method see: M.Shribak, J.LaFountain, D.Biggs, S.Inoue, Journal of Biomedical Optics, vol. 13, No.1, 14011 (2008).