Sometimes bigger is better, but other times it's all about the details, and as you can see from the winners of Nikon's 2017 Small World Photomicrography competition, it doesn't get more detailed than this.

The competition, which is now in its 43rd year, attracts doctors, scientists, and macro photography enthusiasts from all over the world, and over 2000 people from 88 countries submitted their work for consideration this year. For those of you who don't know, photomicrography is the practice 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.

This year's top prize went to researchers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, BioImaging Facility & Department of Cell Biology, who captured immortalised human skin cells expressing fluorescently tagged keratin. Scroll down to see the rest of the winners. 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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#1 Jumping Spider, Istanbul, Honorable Mention

Jumping Spider, Istanbul, Honorable Mention

Emre Can Alagöz Report

Yezid Puerto 1 year ago

nope, a nope with four nopes,..., with great eyelashes,..., but nope........

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#2 Paracetamol (Common Painkiller) Crystals, Finland, Image Of Distinction

Paracetamol (Common Painkiller) Crystals, Finland, Image Of Distinction

Henri Koskinen Report

ChubbySquid 1 year ago

It looks as if the northern lights just fell to earth above Antarctica and coloured the glaciers.

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#3 Living Volvox Algae Releasing Its Daughter Colonies, Nantes, 3rd Place

Living Volvox Algae Releasing Its Daughter Colonies, Nantes, 3rd Place

Jean-Marc Babalian Report

#4 The Head Of A Pork Tapeworm, New York, 4th Place

The Head Of A Pork Tapeworm, New York, 4th Place

Teresa Zgoda Report

Hans 1 year ago

One more reason not to have a pet tapeworm.

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#5 Mold On A Tomato, Netanya, 5th Place

Mold On A Tomato, Netanya, 5th Place

Dean Lerman Report

CultOfBambi 1 year ago

Tribble!

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#6 Traxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Cross Section Showing Curved Stigma With Pollen, Nottingham, Honorable Mention

Traxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Cross Section Showing Curved Stigma With Pollen, Nottingham, Honorable Mention

Dr. Robert Markus Report

María Soledad Alessandro 1 year ago

Taraxacum officinale

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#7 Immortalized Human Skin Cells Expressing Fluorescently Tagged Keratin, Amsterdam, 1st Place

Immortalized Human Skin Cells Expressing Fluorescently Tagged Keratin, Amsterdam, 1st Place

Dr. Bram van den Broek, Andriy Volkov, Dr. Kees Jalink, Dr. Reinhard Windoffer & Dr. Nicole Schwarz Report

Vlad Horobet 1 year ago

They should put this into biology books near the "mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell..."

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#8 Plastic Fracturing On Credit Card Hologram, Texas, 11th Place

Plastic Fracturing On Credit Card Hologram, Texas, 11th Place

Steven Simon Report

Mama Panda 1 year ago

It looks like an album cover for the band Journey!

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#9 Natural Bridge (Petiole Nodes) Connecting The Abdomen And Thorax Of An Ant, Izmir, Image Of Destinction

Natural Bridge (Petiole Nodes) Connecting The Abdomen And Thorax Of An Ant, Izmir, Image Of Destinction

Can Tunçer Report

Lara B. 1 year ago

Wow! This seems like such a fragile connection.

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#10 Synapta (Sea-Cucumber) Skin, Le Mans, 18th Place

Synapta (Sea-Cucumber) Skin, Le Mans, 18th Place

Christian Gautier Report

Celeste Spaniel 1 year ago

Wow, looks like a drawing of anchors!

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#11 3rd Trimester Fetus Of Megachiroptera, Colorado, 15th Place

3rd Trimester Fetus Of Megachiroptera, Colorado, 15th Place

Dr. Rick Adams Report

Vlad Horobet 1 year ago

To anyone who does not know what a Megachiroptera is the bigger version of the Chiroptera. J.k. It's a fruit eating bat.

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#12 Asilidae (Rubber Fly) Eye Section, Abu Dhabi, Image Of Distinction

Asilidae (Rubber Fly) Eye Section, Abu Dhabi, Image Of Distinction

Yousef Al Habshi Report

Samantha Bing 1 year ago

Perfect example of math and art intertwining to make nature

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#13 Senecio Vulgaris Seed Head, Israel, 2nd Place

Senecio Vulgaris Seed Head, Israel, 2nd Place

Dr. Havi Sarfaty Report

3ke 1 year ago

Dandelion fluff

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#14 Ganglion Cells Expressing Fluorescent Proteins In A Mouse Retina, California, Honorable Mention

Ganglion Cells Expressing Fluorescent Proteins In A Mouse Retina, California, Honorable Mention

Dr. Keunyoung Kim Report

Magpie 1 year ago

poor mouse. amazing photo tho'.

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#15 Broccoli, Washington, Honorable Mention

Broccoli, Washington, Honorable Mention

Dr. Nathan Myhrvold Report

Kiara Arran 1 year ago

Beautiful

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#16 Opiliones (Daddy Longlegs) Eye, Washington, 12th Place

Opiliones (Daddy Longlegs) Eye, Washington, 12th Place

Charles B. Krebs Report

KT Trondsen 1 year ago

Wow, this won't give my nightmares fodder at all

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#17 Pyromorphite (Mineral), Spain, Image Of Distinction

Pyromorphite (Mineral), Spain, Image Of Distinction

Emilio Carabajal Márquez Report

#18 Lily Pollen, Southampton, 6th Place

Lily Pollen, Southampton, 6th Place

Dr. David A. Johnston Report

Veronica Gatewood 1 year ago

Who knew flower sperm was so beautiful?!?

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#19 Nsutite And Cacoxenite (Minerals), Madrid, Image Of Distinction

Nsutite And Cacoxenite (Minerals), Madrid, Image Of Distinction

Emilio Carabajal Márquez Report

Samantha Bing 1 year ago

Those eye looking things are definitely staring

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#20 Individually Labeled Axons In An Embryonic Chick Ciliary Ganglion, Nagoya, 7th Place

Individually Labeled Axons In An Embryonic Chick Ciliary Ganglion, Nagoya, 7th Place

Dr. Ryo Egawa Report

Dizzyaudiohh 1 year ago

Reminds me of the balloons from Up :)

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#21 Neurons Derived From A Parkinson Patient, Seongnam, Honorable Mention

Neurons Derived From A Parkinson Patient, Seongnam, Honorable Mention

Dr. Regis Grailhe, Nasia Antoniou & Dr. Rebecca Matsas Report

Krista Leary 1 year ago

Looks like a dream catcher....how incredibly untrue.

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#22 Abdominal Proleg Of A Caterpillar, Netanya, Image Of Destinction

Abdominal Proleg Of A Caterpillar, Netanya, Image Of Destinction

Dean Lerman Report

Zori the degu 1 year ago

It looks so complicated due to the fact that it's supposed to glue the caterpillar to the wall/plant/etc.

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#23 Aspergillus Flavus (Fungus) And Yeast Colony From Soil, New York, 20th Place

Aspergillus Flavus (Fungus) And Yeast Colony From Soil, New York, 20th Place

Tracy Scott Report

Magpie 1 year ago

Or a rising sun over the marshes. Nature imitating nature :))) stunning.

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#24 Melaleuca Sp. (Paperbark Tree) Leaf, Perth, Image Of Distinction

Melaleuca Sp. (Paperbark Tree) Leaf, Perth, Image Of Distinction

Dr. Paul Joseph Rigby Report

Alex Medford 1 year ago

Gustav Klimt painting ❤️

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#25 Small Moth, Rostock, Image Of Destinction

Small Moth, Rostock, Image Of Destinction

Jan Rosenboom Report

Sivi 1 year ago

Aaah! so fluffy looking!

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#26 Moth Eggs In Spider Silk, Illinois, Image Of Destinction

Moth Eggs In Spider Silk, Illinois, Image Of Destinction

Walter Piorkowski Report

The Cappy 1 year ago

We'll be seeing this in a future Star Wars movie. Some alien city, I'm predicting.

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#27 Liquid Crystal, Colorado, Honorable Mention

Liquid Crystal, Colorado, Honorable Mention

Michael Tuchband Report

Daria B 1 year ago

For some reason, it reminds me of traditional Chinese dresses. I can totally imagine this as a pattern.

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#28 Parus Major (Titmouse) Down Feather, Podlaskie, 16th Place

Parus Major (Titmouse) Down Feather, Podlaskie, 16th Place

Marek Miś Report

Copper Vyxen 1 year ago

Thank you for putting the common name in the title!

#29 Nerves (In Green) Under The Skin Of A Mouse (Hair Follicles Are Shown In Red And Blue), Uk, Image Of Distinction

Nerves (In Green) Under The Skin Of A Mouse (Hair Follicles Are Shown In Red And Blue), Uk, Image Of Distinction

Henri Koskinen Report

Zori the degu 1 year ago

It looks like a tree covered in fruit bats...

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#30 Dyed Human Hair, Steinberg, 17th Place

Dyed Human Hair, Steinberg, 17th Place

Harald K. Andersen Report

Zori the degu 1 year ago

That's both disgusting and beautiful... Is it even possible?

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#31 Natural Sponge, Uk, Image Of Distinction

Natural Sponge, Uk, Image Of Distinction

Dr. David A. Johnston Report

KT Trondsen 1 year ago

Beautiful

#32 Common Mestra Butterfly Eggs, Laid On A Leaf Of Tragia Sp., Texas, 14th Place

Common Mestra Butterfly Eggs, Laid On A Leaf Of Tragia Sp., Texas, 14th Place

David Millard Report

Maverick rudometkin 1 year ago

they look like cacti

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#33 Stamen (Flower Organ),yahud Monsun, Image Of Distinction

Stamen (Flower Organ),yahud Monsun, Image Of Distinction

Samuel Silberman Report

Krista Leary 1 year ago

This looks like a purple snake....

#34 Circocerus (Beetle) Head, Kiel, Image Of Distinction

Circocerus (Beetle) Head, Kiel, Image Of Distinction

Dr. Jan Michels Report

Angie Woollard 1 year ago

So cool and colourful! Looks like a Dr. Seuss creature.

#35 Hippocampal (Brain) Region, California, Image Of Distinction

Hippocampal (Brain) Region, California, Image Of Distinction

Dr. Sarah Moghadam & Dr. Ahmad Salehi Report

Mama Panda 1 year ago

This is what a dirty mind looks like lol

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#36 Growing Cartilage-Like Tissue In The Lab Using Bone Stem Cells (Collagen Fibers In Green And Fat Deposits In Red), Southampton, 9th Place

Growing Cartilage-Like Tissue In The Lab Using Bone Stem Cells (Collagen Fibers In Green And Fat Deposits In Red), Southampton, 9th Place

Catarina Moura, Dr. Sumeet Mahajan, Dr. Richard Oreffo & Dr. Rahul Tare Report

Vlad Horobet 1 year ago

Growing Christmas-tree -like tissue in the lab...

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#37 Newborn Rat Cochlea With Sensory Hair Cells (Green) And Spiral Ganglion Neurons (Red), Bern, 8th Place

Newborn Rat Cochlea With Sensory Hair Cells (Green) And Spiral Ganglion Neurons (Red), Bern, 8th Place

Dr. Michael Perny Report

George Szirb 1 year ago

Beautiful image of the sound transmission.

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#38 Simple Eyes Of Ectemnius With Condensation, Tonbridge, Image Of Destinction

Simple Eyes Of Ectemnius With Condensation, Tonbridge, Image Of Destinction

Laurie Knight Report

Summer Woodsong 1 year ago

Ectemnius is a genus of wasps in the family Crabronidae - Wikipedia

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#39 Pleurotaenium Ovatum, Panama, Image Of Distinction

Pleurotaenium Ovatum, Panama, Image Of Distinction

Rogelio Moreno Gill Report

Steve Bowman 1 year ago

Also known as the origin of Darth Maul.

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#40 Warp Knitted Curtain Fabric, Zwijnaarde, Honorable Mention

Warp Knitted Curtain Fabric, Zwijnaarde, Honorable Mention

Marc Van Hove Report

Krista Leary 1 year ago

omg, upvote for the one thing on this list that isn't mouse parts!

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#41 Label-Free Optical Imaging Of Human Breast Tissue, Illinois, Image Of Distinction

Label-Free Optical Imaging Of Human Breast Tissue, Illinois, Image Of Distinction

Sixian You, Dr. Stephen A.J. Boppart & Dr. Haohua Tu Report

Sharon Hahn 1 year ago

Wow! No wonder it's so hard to see a small lump!

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#42 Exaerete Frontalis From The Collections Of The Oxford University Museum Of Natural History, Ramsbury, 13th Place

Exaerete Frontalis From The Collections Of The Oxford University Museum Of Natural History, Ramsbury, 13th Place

Levon Biss Report

Krista Leary 1 year ago

Is this a fly?

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#43 Phyllobius Roboretanus (Weevil), Keszthely, 10th Place

Phyllobius Roboretanus (Weevil), Keszthely, 10th Place

Dr. Csaba Pintér Report

Wanda Queen 1 year ago

Bow chikka wa wa

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#44 Migrasome Of A Mouse Fibroblast Cell (L929), Beijing, Image Of Distinction

Migrasome Of A Mouse Fibroblast Cell (L929), Beijing, Image Of Distinction

Dr. Liang Ma & Dr. Li Yu Report

Elizabeth Butler 1 year ago

Fire dragon!!

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#45 Human Tongue Blood Vessels Injected With Lead Chromate, New York, Honorable Mention

Human Tongue Blood Vessels Injected With Lead Chromate, New York, Honorable Mention

Frank Reiser Report

#46 Sagittal Section Of Mouse Cerebellum (Brain), Athens, Image Of Distinction

Sagittal Section Of Mouse Cerebellum (Brain), Athens, Image Of Distinction

Dr. Aikaterini Segklia Report

Echo 1 year ago

This is a great picture. It shows so much!

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#47 Early Stage Development Of Alcea Rosea (An Ornamental Flower), Usa, Image Of Distinction

Early Stage Development Of Alcea Rosea (An Ornamental Flower), Usa, Image Of Distinction

Masoumeh Sahar Khodaverdi Report

webbkitten 1 year ago

Does anyone else see a pile of beans?

#48 Prostate Cancer Cells, Usa, Image Of Distinction

Prostate Cancer Cells, Usa, Image Of Distinction

James E. Hayden, FBCA, RBP Report

Blue Hippo 1 year ago

Looks and is aggressive...

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#49 Ciliated Respiratory Epithelial Cells (Yellow) And Mucus Producing Goblet Cells (Cyan), Containing Tight Junctions (Red) And Nuclei (Blue), Rotterdam, Honorable Mention

Ciliated Respiratory Epithelial Cells (Yellow) And Mucus Producing Goblet Cells (Cyan), Containing Tight Junctions (Red) And Nuclei (Blue), Rotterdam, Honorable Mention

Alwin de Jong, Dr. G.J. Kremers & Dr. R.L. de Swart Report

#50 Embryonic Body Wall From A Developing Mus Musculus, Tennessee, 19th Place

Embryonic Body Wall From A Developing Mus Musculus, Tennessee, 19th Place

Dr. Dylan Burnette Report

Monika Soffronow 1 year ago

It looks like free embroidery

#51 Dye-Injected Hippocampal Interneuron In Mouse Brain Section, Budapest, Honorable Mention

Dye-Injected Hippocampal Interneuron In Mouse Brain Section, Budapest, Honorable Mention

Benjamin Barti Report

Vlad Horobet 1 year ago

"mom, i've dyed my hair pink, now i'm pretty" "oh honey, i've told you, it's how you are on the inside that matter" "well, gotta go to dye my hippocampal interneurons".

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