The Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition has been held for forty-five years now, celebrating the mesmerizing microscopic world and allowing scientists and enthusiasts alike to share their scientific and stunning images.

The Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition has been held for forty-five years now, celebrating the mesmerizing microscopic world and allowing scientists and enthusiasts alike to share their scientific and stunning images. Over 2000 photographs were submitted for the competition with micro-photographers from nearly 100 countries. The judges picked their top 20 images and the photo of a turtle embryo took the first place. Scroll down below to see all 20 photographs that made it to the final winner's list.

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#1 Small White Hair Spider

6th Place: Javier Rupérez, Almáchar, Málaga, Spain. Reflected Light, Image Stacking, 20x (Objective Lens Magnification).

Image credits: Javier Rupérez

#2 Male Mosquito

4th Place: Jan Rosenboom, Universität Rostock, Rostock, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Germany. Focus Stacking, 6.3x (Objective Lens Magnification).

Image credits: Jan Rosenboom

#3 Cuprite (Mineral Composed Of Copper Oxide)

13th Place: Dr. Emilio Carabajal Márquez, Madrid, Spain. Focus Stacking, 20x (Objective Lens Magnification).

Image credits: Dr. Emilio Carabajal Márquez

#4 Pregnant Daphnia Magna (Small Planktonic Crustacean)

15th Place: Marek Miś, Marek Miś Photography, Suwalki, Podlaskie, Poland. Modified Darkfield, Polarized Light, Image Stacking, 4x (Objective Lens Magnification).

Image credits: Marek Miś

#5 Fluorescent Turtle Embryo

1st Place: Teresa Zgoda & Teresa Kugler, Campbell Hall, New York, USA. Stereomicroscopy, Fluorescence, 5x (Objective Lens Magnification).

Image credits: Teresa Zgod

#6 Tulip Bud Cross Section

9th Place: Andrei Savitsky, Cherkassy, Ukraine. Reflected Light, 1x (Objective Lens Magnification).

Image credits: Andrei Savitsky

#7 Female Oxyopes Dumonti (Lynx) Spider

14th Place: Antoine Franck, CIRAD – Agricultural Research for Development, Saint Pierre, Réunion. Focus Stacking, 1x (Objective Lens Magnification).

Image credits: Antoine Franck

#8 Vitamin C

17th Place: Karl Deckart, Eckental, Bavaria, Germany. Brightfield, Polarized Light, 4x (Objective Lens Magnification).

Image credits: Karl Deckart

#9 Alligator Embryo Developing Nerves And Skeleton

3rd Place: Daniel Smith Paredes & Dr. Bhart-Anjan S. Bhullar, Yale University, Department of Geology and Geophysics, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Immunofluorescence, 10x (Objective Lens Magnification).

Image credits: Daniel Smith Paredes & Dr. Bhart-Anjan S. Bhullar

#10 BPAE Cells In Telophase Stage Of Mitosis

10th Place: Jason M. Kirk, Baylor College of Medicine, Optical Imaging & Vital Microscopy Core, Houston, Texas, USA. Confocal with Enhanced Resolution, 63x (Objective Lens Magnification).

Image credits: Jason M. Kirk

#11 Housefly Compound Eye Pattern

16th Place: Dr. Razvan Cornel Constantin, Bucharest, Romania. Focus Stacking, Reflected Light, 50x (Objective Lens Magnification).

Image credits: Dr. Razvan Cornel Constantin

#12 Snowflake

5th Place: Caleb Foster, Caleb Foster Photography, Jericho, Vermont, USA. Transmitted Light, 4x (Objective Lens Magnification).

Image credits: Caleb Foster Photography

#13 Cristobalite Crystal Suspended In Its Quartz Mineral Host

18th Place: E. Billie Hughes, Lotus Gemology, Bangkok, Thailand. Darkfield, 40x (Objective Lens Magnification).

Image credits: E. Billie Hughes

#14 Depth-Color Coded Projections Of Three Stentors (Single-Cell Freshwater Protozoans)

2nd Place: Dr. Igor Siwanowicz, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia, USA. Confocal, 40x (Objective Lens Magnification).

Image credits: Dr. Igor Siwanowicz

#15 Chinese Red Carnation Stamen

7th Place: Dr. Guillermo López, Alicante, Spain. Focus Stacking, 3x (Objective Lens Magnification).

Image credits: Dr. Guillermo López

#16 A Pair Of Ovaries From An Adult Drosophila Female Stained For F-Actin (Yellow) And Nuclei (Green); Follicle Cells Are Marked By Gfp (Magenta)

11th Place: Dr. Yujun Chen & Dr. Jocelyn McDonald, Kansas State University, Department of Biology, Manhattan, Kansas, USA. Confocal, 10x (Objective Lens Magnification).

Image credits: Yujun Chen

#17 Octopus Bimaculoides Embryo

19th Place: Martyna Lukoševičiūtė & Dr. Carrie Albertin, University of Oxford, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. Confocal, Image Stitching, 5x (Objective Lens Magnification).


Image credits: Martyna Lukoševičiūtė

#18 Frozen Water Droplet

8th Place: Garzon Christian, Quintin, Cotes-d’Armor, France. Incident Light, 8x (Objective Lens Magnification).

Image credits: Garzon Christian

#19 Mosquito Larva

12th Place: Anne Algar, Hounslow, Middlesex, United Kingdom. Darkfield, Polarizing Light, Image Stacking, 4x (Objective Lens Magnification).

Image credits: Anne Algar

#20 Blood Vessels Of A Murine (Mouse) Heart Following Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)

20th Place: Simon Merz, Lea Bornemann & Sebastian Korste, University Hospital Essen, Institute for Experimental Immunology & Imaging, Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Tissue Clearing, Light Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy, 2x (Objective Lens Magnification).

Image credits: Simon Merz


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