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Tiny triumphs in the Nikon Small World photo awards

Tiny triumphs in the Nikon Small World photo awards
Honorable Mention. Butterfly Egg. 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)
Honorable Mention. Butterfly Egg. 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)
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1st Place. Embryonic hand of a Madagascar giant day gecko (Phelsuma grandis). 63X (Objective Lens Magnification)
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1st Place. Embryonic hand of a Madagascar giant day gecko (Phelsuma grandis). 63X (Objective Lens Magnification)
2nd Place. Breast tissue showing contractile myoepithelial cells wrapped around milk-producing alveoli. 40X (Objective Lens Magnification)
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2nd Place. Breast tissue showing contractile myoepithelial cells wrapped around milk-producing alveoli. 40X (Objective Lens Magnification)
3rd Place. Blood vessel networks in the intestine of an adult mouse. 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)
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3rd Place. Blood vessel networks in the intestine of an adult mouse. 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)
4th Place. Long-bodied cellar/daddy long-legs spider (Pholcus phalangioides). 3X (Objective Lens Magnification)
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4th Place. Long-bodied cellar/daddy long-legs spider (Pholcus phalangioides). 3X (Objective Lens Magnification)
5th Place. Slime mold (Lamproderma). 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)
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5th Place. Slime mold (Lamproderma). 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)
6th Place. Unburned particles of carbon released when the hydrocarbon chain of candle wax breaks down. 2.5X (Objective Lens Magnification)
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6th Place. Unburned particles of carbon released when the hydrocarbon chain of candle wax breaks down. 2.5X (Objective Lens Magnification)
9th Place. Liquid crystal mixture (smectic Felix 015). 40X (Objective Lens Magnification)
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9th Place. Liquid crystal mixture (smectic Felix 015). 40X (Objective Lens Magnification)
10th Place. A fly under the chin of a tiger beetle. 3.7X (Objective Lens Magnification)
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10th Place. A fly under the chin of a tiger beetle. 3.7X (Objective Lens Magnification)
11th Place. Moth eggs. 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)
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11th Place. Moth eggs. 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)
Honorable Mention. Slime mold (Didymium clavus). 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)
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Honorable Mention. Slime mold (Didymium clavus). 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)
Honorable Mention. Two-month old juvenile sea star (Patiria miniata). 20X (Objective Lens Magnification)
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Honorable Mention. Two-month old juvenile sea star (Patiria miniata). 20X (Objective Lens Magnification)
Image of Distinction. Paper Wasp Stinger
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Image of Distinction. Paper Wasp Stinger
Image of Distinction. Sand of Alaska Point Spencer
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Image of Distinction. Sand of Alaska Point Spencer
Honorable Mention. Radula (rasping tongue) of a marine snail (Turbinidae family). 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)
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Honorable Mention. Radula (rasping tongue) of a marine snail (Turbinidae family). 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)
Honorable Mention. Butterfly Egg. 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)
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Honorable Mention. Butterfly Egg. 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)
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From slime mold resembling a cute mushroom to an unprecedented look at the embryonic hand of a gecko, this year’s winners of the Nikon Small World photo contest reveal the stunning sights of a hidden microscopic universe.

Running for nearly half a century, the Nikon Small World contest celebrates all kinds of light microscopy techniques. Entries sit at the intersection of art and science, with the winners judged on a balance of technical skill, aesthetic impact and originality.

1st Place. Embryonic hand of a Madagascar giant day gecko (Phelsuma grandis). 63X (Objective Lens Magnification)
1st Place. Embryonic hand of a Madagascar giant day gecko (Phelsuma grandis). 63X (Objective Lens Magnification)

This year’s top prize went to a first-of-its-kind image from Grigorii Timin, at the University of Geneva. Using whole-mount fluorescent staining and a confocal microscope Timin painstakingly striated together hundreds of separate images to build the image of a whole embryonic hand from a Madagascar giant day gecko.

"This embryonic hand is about 3 mm (0.12 in) in length, which is a huge sample for high-resolution microscopy,” Timin explained. “The scan consists of 300 tiles, each containing about 250 optical sections, resulting in more than two days of acquisition and approximately 200 GB of data.”

2nd Place. Breast tissue showing contractile myoepithelial cells wrapped around milk-producing alveoli. 40X (Objective Lens Magnification)
2nd Place. Breast tissue showing contractile myoepithelial cells wrapped around milk-producing alveoli. 40X (Objective Lens Magnification)

Second place went to an equally incredible image from Australian scientist Caleb Dawson. The image is a stunning depiction of lactating breast tissue, showing milk-producing sacs (alveoli).

Honorable Mention. Slime mold (Didymium clavus). 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)
Honorable Mention. Slime mold (Didymium clavus). 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)

Other surreal highlights in this year’s impressive collection include a moody portrait of a wasp stinger, a close-up look at sand particles, and of course, the obligatory zoom in on a spider for the arachnophobes.

Take a look through our gallery at more highlights from the contest.

Source: Nikon Small World

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ljaques
Who knew that the Lampraderma slime mold was so Sisiphean?
And to reduce carbon emissions, will churches and women's baths need to be curtailed?
Fascinating photos, indeed.