Top Ten Images From Nikon's Microscope Photography Competition

Top Ten Images From Nikon's Microscope Photography Competition

Nikon began a competition in the mid 1970s, Called "Small World", where they recognized the work of creating stunning photographic images through a microscope. Each year they receive many amazing entries for a chance to win prizes. Since the subject matter and source of light can be anything an artist wants, the range of possibilities is nearly limitless. Winners receive money toward the purchase of Nikon gear, among other prizes. Head on over to Nikon's gallery site to see galleries from past winning entries. The main image was the second place winner, taken by Walter Piorkowski. The subject is "Live newborn lynx spiderlings (6x)". Here are the top ten.

1st Place - Dr. Jennifer L. Peters & Dr. Michael R. Taylor
Subject Matter: The blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo (20x)

3rd Place - Dr. Dylan Burnette
Subject Matter: Human bone cancer (osteosarcoma) showing actin filaments (purple), mitochondria (yellow), and DNA (blue) (63x)

4th Place - Dr. W. Ryan Williamson
Subject Matter: Drosophila melanogaster visual system halfway through pupal development, showing retina (gold), photoreceptor axons (blue), and brain (green) (1500x)

5th Place - Honorio Cócera-La Parra
Subject Matter: Cacoxenite (mineral) from La Paloma Mine, Spain (18x)

6th Place - Marek Miś
Subject Matter: Cosmarium sp. (desmid) near a Sphagnum sp. leaf (100x)

7th Place - Dr. Michael John Bridge
Sunject Matter: Eye organ of a Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) third-instar larvae (60x)

8th Place - Gerd A. Guenther
Subject Matter: Pleurobrachia sp. (sea gooseberry) larva (500x)

9th Place - Geir Drange
Subject Matter: Myrmica sp. (ant) carrying its larva (5x)

10th Place - Dr. Alvaro Migotto
Subject Matter: Brittle star (8x)

Even more images from the competition can be seen here!

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