Heiti Paves

Scientist and photographer Heiti Paves will be showcasing a new photography exhibition at the Estonian Health Care Museum big hall on 29 November 2018.

The photographer, Heiti Paves, studied at the University of Tartu, where he took a degree in cell biology. He worked for many years at the National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics (1984-2004) and at Tallinn University of Technology's Institute of Genetics (2004-2016).

Heiti Paves has worked in the fields of both neurobiology and plant cell biology. His latest research-, science- and scientific photography-related works focus on plants, and more specifically on thale cress, a well-known plant among botanists. In addition to plants, the artist has photographed round- worms, animal cells, crystals and other objects that are invisible to the naked eye.

Although a large part of Heiti Paves' scientific photos relate to his research, he has also taken photographs and photomicrographs for the pure joy of creation. His eye-catching work reflects a truly artistic soul, in his playful experimentation with colours and forms.

Heiti Paves' photomicrographs have been well received in both Estonian and international science photography competitions. One of his most notable awards was the first prize at the international photomicrography competition Nikon Small World in 2009. The winning photo of the competition was also published in National Geographic.


International recognition: 

  • Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, third prize 2003
  • BMC Biology Image Library: Image of the Year 2009
  • Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, first prize 2009
  • Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition, eighth prize 2009 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge, noted work with Birger Ilau 2009 Embo Journal Best Scientific Cover Image 2011The EMBO Journal Cover Contest, first prize 2011