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

Small White Hair Spider

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

Javier Rupérez Report

Virgil Blue 1 month ago

Hello you magnificent alien creature

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#2

Fluorescent Turtle Embryo

Fluorescent Turtle Embryo

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

Teresa Zgod Report

Sterrinatu 1 month ago

I love this!

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#3

Pregnant Daphnia Magna (Small Planktonic Crustacean)

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).

Marek Miś Report

Lady Marmalade 1 month ago

Oooooo such pretty colors

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#4

Cuprite (Mineral Composed Of Copper Oxide)

Cuprite (Mineral Composed Of Copper Oxide)

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

Dr. Emilio Carabajal Márquez Report

Lady Marmalade 1 month ago

Looks like something out of mincraft

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#5

Snowflake

Snowflake

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

Caleb Foster Photography Report

glorytherainwing 1 month ago

im surprised they got such a good picture of this when these things are extremely fragile. well done!

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#6

Alligator Embryo Developing Nerves And Skeleton

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).

Daniel Smith Paredes & Dr. Bhart-Anjan S. Bhullar Report

glorytherainwing 1 month ago

legendary for the next jurrasic park

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#7

Vitamin C

Vitamin C

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

Karl Deckart Report

Daria B 1 month ago

Like a peacock's feather. Or the eye of a mystical fluffy creature. ♥

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#8

Tulip Bud Cross Section

Tulip Bud Cross Section

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

Andrei Savitsky Report

ƒιѕн 1 month ago

So cool, looks like little flutterbys.

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#9

Male Mosquito

Male Mosquito

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

Jan Rosenboom Report

glorytherainwing 1 month ago

did u know male mosquitoes don drink blood? that means the females are the little shits of the blood-sucker world

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#10

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

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).

Dr. Igor Siwanowicz Report

Ed Souza 1 month ago

aliens all around us... we just can't see them.

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#11

Female Oxyopes Dumonti (Lynx) Spider

Female Oxyopes Dumonti (Lynx) Spider

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

Antoine Franck Report

Bonny Saxon 1 month ago

Imagine all the mascara you need to get ready for a date

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#12

Housefly Compound Eye Pattern

Housefly Compound Eye Pattern

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

Dr. Razvan Cornel Constantin Report

Laur 24 1 month ago

it seems like what goes on inside of the brain of a bee

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#13

Octopus Bimaculoides Embryo

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).


Martyna Lukoševičiūtė Report

PandaJon 1 month ago

Isn't that one of the aliens from the Simpsons?

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#14

BPAE Cells In Telophase Stage Of Mitosis

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).

Jason M. Kirk Report

Lotte 1 month ago

its so beautiful that such a small but extremely important process can be captured so amazingly!

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#15

Frozen Water Droplet

Frozen Water Droplet

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

Garzon Christian Report

glorytherainwing 1 month ago

wooaaah! like a frozen water cavern!!

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#16

Cristobalite Crystal Suspended In Its Quartz Mineral Host

Cristobalite Crystal Suspended In Its Quartz Mineral Host

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

E. Billie Hughes Report

juice 1 month ago

mushroom crystal

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#17

Chinese Red Carnation Stamen

Chinese Red Carnation Stamen

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

Dr. Guillermo López Report

Miranda Panda 1 month ago

how cool!!

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#18

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

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).

Yujun Chen Report

PandaJon 1 month ago

I thought that was what it was...

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#19

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

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).

Simon Merz Report

Grumble O'Pug 1 month ago

poor mouse.

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#20

Mosquito Larva

Mosquito Larva

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

Anne Algar Report

ƒιѕн 1 month ago

Kill it now!

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