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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Small White Hair Spider
6th Place: Javier Rupérez, Almáchar, Málaga, Spain. Reflected Light, Image Stacking, 20x (Objective Lens Magnification).
Fluorescent Turtle Embryo
1st Place: Teresa Zgoda & Teresa Kugler, Campbell Hall, New York, USA. Stereomicroscopy, Fluorescence, 5x (Objective Lens Magnification).
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).
Cuprite (Mineral Composed Of Copper Oxide)
13th Place: Dr. Emilio Carabajal Márquez, Madrid, Spain. Focus Stacking, 20x (Objective Lens Magnification).
5th Place: Caleb Foster, Caleb Foster Photography, Jericho, Vermont, USA. Transmitted Light, 4x (Objective Lens Magnification).
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).
17th Place: Karl Deckart, Eckental, Bavaria, Germany. Brightfield, Polarized Light, 4x (Objective Lens Magnification).
Tulip Bud Cross Section
9th Place: Andrei Savitsky, Cherkassy, Ukraine. Reflected Light, 1x (Objective Lens Magnification).
4th Place: Jan Rosenboom, Universität Rostock, Rostock, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Germany. Focus Stacking, 6.3x (Objective Lens Magnification).
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).
Female Oxyopes Dumonti (Lynx) Spider
14th Place: Antoine Franck, CIRAD – Agricultural Research for Development, Saint Pierre, Réunion. Focus Stacking, 1x (Objective Lens Magnification).
Housefly Compound Eye Pattern
16th Place: Dr. Razvan Cornel Constantin, Bucharest, Romania. Focus Stacking, Reflected Light, 50x (Objective Lens Magnification).
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).
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).
Frozen Water Droplet
8th Place: Garzon Christian, Quintin, Cotes-d’Armor, France. Incident Light, 8x (Objective Lens Magnification).
Cristobalite Crystal Suspended In Its Quartz Mineral Host
18th Place: E. Billie Hughes, Lotus Gemology, Bangkok, Thailand. Darkfield, 40x (Objective Lens Magnification).
Chinese Red Carnation Stamen
7th Place: Dr. Guillermo López, Alicante, Spain. Focus Stacking, 3x (Objective Lens Magnification).
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).
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).