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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