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.


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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

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Yezid Puerto 2 months 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

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ChubbySquid 2 months ago

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

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

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

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Hans 2 months ago

One more reason not to have a pet tapeworm.

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

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

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Mama Panda 2 months ago

It looks like an album cover for the band Journey!

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