2016 Nikon Macro Photo Contest Winners Show The World Like You’ve Never Seen Before
Nikon has just announced the winners of its annual Small World Photomicrography competition, and as you can see from these stunning photographs, bigger isn't always better.
The competition is in its 42nd year and this year over 2000 people from 70 countries entered. For those that don't know, photomicrography is the practise of taking a photograph through a microscope or similar magnifying device in order to capture the intricate details of things invisible to the human eye. From the proboscis of a butterfly and the foot of a beetle to espresso coffee crystals, the pictures below give us a whole new way of looking at world. The categories are divided into winners, honorable mentions, and images of distinction, and you can find the full list on the Nikon Small World website.
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Fourth Place. Butterfly Proboscis
Stunning! One of the best macro shots I've ever seen. Congradulations on derserving win!
Fifth Place. Front Foot (Tarsus) Of A Male Diving Beetle
Eyes Of A Jumping Spider
Nineteenth Place. Human Neural Rosette Primordial Brain Cells
Eleventh Place. Scales Of A Butterfly Wing Underside
All butterfly wings look like they're made of a million little feathers.
Thirteenth Place. Poison Fangs Of A Centipede
At first glance I thought it was an animals teeth. Either way, I would not want to be bit by them!
Sixth Place. Air Bubbles Formed From Melted Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) Crystals
Eighth Place. Wildflower Stamens
This is what the bees and butterflies see as they approach. How enticing.
Retinal Ganglion Cells In The Whole-Mounted Mouse Retina
This is actually so freaking pretty. Looks like a galaxy flower.
Ninth Place. Espresso Coffee Crystals
That one to the left looks like a snakes head, and you can even see a slithering tongue sticking out!!
First Place. Four-Day-Old Zebrafish Embryo
Caudal Gill Of A Dragonfly Larva
Aren't these the same flowers we pick as kids, then make a wish and blow on them?
Second Place. Polished Slab Of Teepee Canyon Agate
Could have fooled me.... I thought it was another butterfly wing!
Seventh Place. Leaves Of Selaginella
Interesting. Because of the beautiful lighting, I would never have guessed this to be a fern.
Scales Of A Butterfly Wing
Scales Of A Butterfly Wing
Egg Of A Gulf Fritillary Butterfly
Prolegs Of A Hairy Caterpillar Gripping A Small Branch
Interference Patterns On A Glycerin Based Soapy Solution
This looks like an album cover. Hard-pressed to find a worthy bad though.
Beta-Alanine And Taurine Crystals
Gears Coupling Hind Legs Of A Planthopper Nymph
Twentieth Place. Cow Dung
Quick Fact. Those liquid filled spores you see there are the fastest objects known to man(on earth). they accellerate faster than any bullet. This is so that the bacteria can land on a fresh piece of grass, far far away from the poo so that the cow can eat it again. Clever little spore right?
Leg Of A Water Boatman
Black Elder Tree Flower Stamen
It reminds me of the strange toe in the back of a dogs foot 😆
Twelfth Place. Human Hela Cell Undergoing Cell Division
Sixteenth Place. 65 Fossil Radiolarians (Zooplankton) Carefully Arranged By Hand In Victorian Style
Licmophora Flabellata Diatoms
Third Place. Brain Cells From Skin Cells
Spore Capsule Of A Moss
Green Bottle Fly
Curvepod Fumewort (Corydalis Curvisiliqua) Seed
Seeds Of An Indian Paintbrush Wildflower
Fifteenth Place. Head Section Of An Orange Ladybird
For all of you future designers, great ideas for spaceship design.
Dentate Gyrus Of A Optically-Cleared Transgenic Mouse Brain
Testis Of A Fruit Fly
Microcrystal Test For Oxycodone Using Platinic Bromide Solution
Section Of A Red Speckled Jewel Beetle
Tenth Place. Frontonia (Showing Ingested Food, Cilia, Mouth And Trichocysts)
Section Of A Begonia Flower
Tail Of A A Small Shrimp
Deep Sea Crustacea
Mouse Hand, Showing Veins
How many pictures of mouse parts not attached have I seen eyes brains hands... sure multi coloured things are pretty but you didn't need to mutilate the poor creature
Young Flower Buds Of Arabidopsis
Don't know what they are but I wish they were bigger it would make a good jewelry jewel