The Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition celebrates the beautiful, weird, wonderful, and microscopic things in our world through photos captured using a light microscope. Now in its 43rd year, the competition continues to impress.
The 2017 competition received over 2,000 entries from 88 different countries. Many of the images were taken during scientific research projects.
“This year’s winners not only reflect remarkable research and trends in science, but they also allow the public to get a glimpse of a hidden world,” says Eric Flem, Communications Manager, Nikon Instruments, “This year’s winning photo is an example of important work being done in the world of science, and that work can be shared thanks to rapidly advancing imaging technology.”
So, without further ado, here are the 20 amazing images that placed in the competition this year:
Immortalized human skin cells (HaCaT keratinocytes) expressing fluorescently tagged keratin.
Photo by Dr. Havi Sarfaty.
Senecio vulgaris (a flowering plant) seed head.
Photo by Jean-Marc Babalian.
Living Volvox algae releasing its daughter colonies.
Photo by Teresa Zgoda.
Taenia solium (tapeworm) everted scolex.
Photo by Dean Lerman.
Mold on a tomato.
Photo by Dr. David A. Johnston.
Photo by Dr. Ryo Egawa.
Individually labeled axons in an embryonic chick ciliary ganglion.
Photo by Dr. Michael Perny.
Newborn rat cochlea with sensory hair cells (green) and spiral ganglion neurons (red).
Growing cartilage-like tissue in the lab using bone stem cells (collagen fibers in green and fat deposits in red).
Photo by Dr. Csaba Pintér.
Phyllobius roboretanus (weevil).
Photo by Steven Simon.
Plastic fracturing on credit card hologram.
Photo by Charles B. Krebs.
Opiliones (daddy longlegs) eye.
Photo by Levon Biss.
Exaerete frontalis (orchid cuckoo bee) from the collections of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
Photo by David Millard.
Common Mestra butterfly (Mestra amymone) eggs, laid on a leaf of Tragia sp. (Noseburn plant).
Photo by Dr. Rick Adams.
3rd trimester fetus of Megachiroptera (fruit bat).
Photo by Marek Miś.
Parus major (titmouse) down feather.
Photo by Harald K. Andersen.
Dyed human hair.
Photo by Christian Gautier.
Synapta (sea-cucumber) skin.
Photo by Dr. Dylan Burnette.
Embryonic body wall from a developing Mus musculus (mouse).
Photo by Tracy Scott.
Aspergillus flavus (fungus) and yeast colony from soil.
You can see other awarded entries on the Nikon Small World website.
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