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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like something out of mincraft

A. Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

yeah, like a neat modern fortress

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COGoddess
Community Member
1 year ago

How in the hell do those right angles happen? That's wild.

Russian Otaku
Community Member
1 year ago

I was not aware such perfect corners could come to be without being man made

Sarah Panhorst
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a building complex or city. Amazing.

Coco
Community Member
1 year ago

It's amazing how nature looks!

Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

Cuprite, the 8-bit mineral. Gorgeous.

Blueplanet
Community Member
1 year ago

This looks like its done w cgi, but its not. so cooolll :)

sewwandi ranaweera
Community Member
1 year ago

Little alien spacecraft

Thomas Es Thomas
Community Member
1 year ago

It's really a microscopic apartment complex for tiny spirits.

Marlene Riethmüller
Community Member
1 year ago

Fascinating !

Bonny Saxon
Community Member
1 year ago

That purple and gold coloration is beautiful!

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

This reminds me of the Habitat 67 block apartments in Montreal. They were designed by architect Moishe Safdie. Check out the photos and you'll see what I mean.

Judith Wilson
Community Member
12 months ago

makes me think of an enormous estate by Frank Lloyd Wright. Google "WATERFALL HOUSE".

Granny
Community Member
1 year ago

A city in space

Linda Tillery
Community Member
1 year ago

wow

Corey Ernst
Community Member
1 year ago

Mooninites have landed!

skylane807
Community Member
1 year ago

Tetris on steroids

Tyrus Lytton
Community Member
1 year ago

is that a micro sd card embedded in it?

Mark D
Community Member
1 year ago

A korok seed puzzle.

Kathy Young
Community Member
1 year ago

Interesting!😁

Slune
Community Member
1 year ago

No, that's a picture of my house

Hendra Lim
Community Member
1 year ago

is,... is that real? wow....

Markus Weiler
Community Member
1 year ago

3D-Tetris

Henric Melin
Community Member
1 year ago

So thats where the game astral chain takes place..

Avital Pilpel
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like miniature old-style filing cabinets, with pictures on some of them saying what to put in them...

Petra
Community Member
1 year ago

Ironman's mansion from above.

Elias Galvez
Community Member
1 year ago

the stage for a minecraft parody

Stacey Huffstutler
Community Member
1 year ago

<3

Karen Harling
Community Member
1 year ago

Lego Picasso

Ed Souza
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

it almost looks like CGI. if I didn't know the context, I would assume it was CGI.

Stephen Lyford
Community Member
1 year ago

If the Borg had hotrods, they'd look like this...

N G
Community Member
1 year ago

It's the Borg?

April Simnel
Community Member
1 year ago

I wonder if Philip Johnson saw photos like these in his day, and was inspired.

Virgil Blue
Community Member
1 year ago

For all Destiny players this kind of structure means Vex nearby.

Miranda Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

That is such a pretty color! I thought Minecraft as well. Lol

glorytherainwing
Community Member
1 year ago

looks like purple guy stuck in gold

CodingGirl04
Community Member
1 year ago

This looks unreal

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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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

Kill it now!

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