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Microscopic marvels from the 2019 Nikon Small World Photo contest

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6th Place winner. Small white hair spider
6th Place winner. Small white hair spider
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1st Place winner. Fluorescent turtle embryo
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1st Place winner. Fluorescent turtle embryo
2nd Place winner. Depth-color coded projections of three stentors (single-cell freshwater protozoans)
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2nd Place winner. Depth-color coded projections of three stentors (single-cell freshwater protozoans)
3rd Place winner. Alligator embryo developing nerves and skeleton
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3rd Place winner. Alligator embryo developing nerves and skeleton
4th Place winner. Male mosquito
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4th Place winner. Male mosquito
5th Place winner. Snowflake
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5th Place winner. Snowflake
6th Place winner. Small white hair spider
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6th Place winner. Small white hair spider
7th Place winner. Chinese red carnation stamen
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7th Place winner. Chinese red carnation stamen
9th Place winner. Tulip bud cross section
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9th Place winner. Tulip bud cross section
10th Place winner. BPAE cells in telophase stage of mitosis
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10th Place winner. BPAE cells in telophase stage of mitosis
11th Place winner. A pair of ovaries from an adult Drosophila female stained for F-actin (yellow) and nuclei (green); follicle cells are marked by GFP (magenta)
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11th Place winner. A pair of ovaries from an adult Drosophila female stained for F-actin (yellow) and nuclei (green); follicle cells are marked by GFP (magenta)
12th Place winner. Mosquito larva
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12th Place winner. Mosquito larva
13th Place winner. Cuprite (mineral composed of copper oxide)
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13th Place winner. Cuprite (mineral composed of copper oxide)
14th Place winner. Female Oxyopes dumonti (lynx) spider
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14th Place winner. Female Oxyopes dumonti (lynx) spider
15th Place winner. Pregnant Daphnia magna (small planktonic crustacean)
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15th Place winner. Pregnant Daphnia magna (small planktonic crustacean)
16th Place winner. Housefly compound eye pattern
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16th Place winner. Housefly compound eye pattern
17th Place winner. Vitamin C
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17th Place winner. Vitamin C
Cristobalite crystal suspended in its quartz mineral host
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Cristobalite crystal suspended in its quartz mineral host
19th Place winner. Octopus bimaculoides embryo
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19th Place winner. Octopus bimaculoides embryo
20th Place winner. Blood vessels of a murine (mouse) heart following myocardial infarction (heart attack)
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20th Place winner. Blood vessels of a murine (mouse) heart following myocardial infarction (heart attack)
Honorable Mention. Louse hanging from a hair
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Honorable Mention. Louse hanging from a hair
Honorable Mention. Penicillium mold spores
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Honorable Mention. Penicillium mold spores
Honorable Mention. Mold on a plum seed
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Honorable Mention. Mold on a plum seed
Honorable Mention. Crystallized amino acids L-glutamine and beta-alanine
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Honorable Mention. Crystallized amino acids L-glutamine and beta-alanine
Honorable Mention. Alcides orontes (moth) wing
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Honorable Mention. Alcides orontes (moth) wing
Honorable Mention. Seed of an unknown garden bush
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Honorable Mention. Seed of an unknown garden bush
Honorable Mention. Fossil ammonites
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Honorable Mention. Fossil ammonites
Image of Distinction. Sarcomeres in a cardiomyocyte derived from a human induced pluripotent stem cell
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Image of Distinction. Sarcomeres in a cardiomyocyte derived from a human induced pluripotent stem cell
Image of Distinction. Secale cereale (cereal rye) stem and leaf
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Image of Distinction. Secale cereale (cereal rye) stem and leaf
Image of Distinction. Karlsbad Sprudelstein (sedimentary rock)
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Image of Distinction. Karlsbad Sprudelstein (sedimentary rock)
Image of Distinction. Snowflake
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Image of Distinction. Snowflake
Image of Distinction. Haplomalachius flabellatus antenna
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Image of Distinction. Haplomalachius flabellatus antenna
Image of Distinction. Dying leaf
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Image of Distinction. Dying leaf
Image of Distinction. Phantom midge larva
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Image of Distinction. Phantom midge larva
Image of Distinction. Hibiscus stigmas, stamens, and pollens
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Image of Distinction. Hibiscus stigmas, stamens, and pollens
Image of Distinction. Eunice sp. (annelid worm)
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Image of Distinction. Eunice sp. (annelid worm)
Image of Distinction. Taraxacum sp. (dandelion)
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Image of Distinction. Taraxacum sp. (dandelion)
Image of Distinction. Glasslike Polycystina skeletons (planktonic protozoan)
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Image of Distinction. Glasslike Polycystina skeletons (planktonic protozoan)
Image of Distinction. Campanula (bellflower) stigma
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Image of Distinction. Campanula (bellflower) stigma
Image of Distinction. Bearing from a mechanical watch
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Image of Distinction. Bearing from a mechanical watch
Image of Distinction. Surface of an unknown seed
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Image of Distinction. Surface of an unknown seed
Image of Distinction. Lepisma saccharina (silverfish)
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Image of Distinction. Lepisma saccharina (silverfish)
Image of Distinction. Bryozoans (moss animals) colony
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Image of Distinction. Bryozoans (moss animals) colony
Image of Distinction. Tip of an Arabidopsis thaliana (a plant from the mustard family) stem with young flower buds displaying varying expression levels of a gene (dark red to white)
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Image of Distinction. Tip of an Arabidopsis thaliana (a plant from the mustard family) stem with young flower buds displaying varying expression levels of a gene (dark red to white)
Image of Distinction. Eggs inside a brine shrimp
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Image of Distinction. Eggs inside a brine shrimp
Image of Distinction. Stomoxys calcitrans (stable fly)
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Image of Distinction. Stomoxys calcitrans (stable fly)
Image of Distinction. Molten caffeine
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Image of Distinction. Molten caffeine

Nikon’s Small World competition has been running for nearly 50 years and it is one of the most compelling and reliably spectacular photo contests in the world. Focusing on the microscopic photography, the contest this year awarded its top prize to an incredible shot of a turtle embryo.

“The Nikon Small World competition has been bringing stunning scientific images to the public for 45 years now,” says Eric Flem, communications manager for Nikon. “Our goal has always been to show the world how art and science intersect. As new imaging and microscopy techniques develop over the years, our winners showcase these technology advances more and more creatively. First place this year is no exception.”

1st Place winner. Fluorescent turtle embryo
1st Place winner. Fluorescent turtle embryo

The impressive winning image, selected from over 2000 submissions, was created using a combination of fluorescence and stereo microscopy. The final image was stitched together from hundreds of tiny individual shots because the organism’s size resulted in only being able to image small parts of the turtle on the focal plane at a time.

“Microscopy lets us zoom in on the smallest organisms and building blocks that comprise our world – giving us a profound appreciation for the small things in life that far too often go unnoticed,” explains Teresa Kugler, one of the two micro-photographers behind the winning shot. “It allows me to do science with a purpose.”

Image of Distinction. Stomoxys calcitrans (stable fly)
Image of Distinction. Stomoxys calcitrans (stable fly)

The winning and commended images in this year’s competition span a broad array of subjects and photographic techniques from standard but spectacular close-ups of insect heads to surreal shots of caffeine molecules using polarized light.

Image of Distinction. Molten caffeine
Image of Distinction. Molten caffeine

Take a look through our gallery at some awe-inspiring highlights from this year’s competition.

Source: Nikon Small World

2 comments
ADVENTUREMUFFINffin
After looking at the gallery, I certainly had a profound appreciation for the small things in life that far too often go unnoticed, and how fragile and precious our evolutionary blocks are.
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