Nikon Small World Competition 2011

Nature abstracted. The 37th annual Nikon Small World competition’s theme was “Recognizing Excellence in Photography through the Microscope.” Some of the outstanding entries:

Mosquito larvae
Mosquito Larvae in a drop of water
Dr. John H. Brackenbury
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK
Laser-triggered high-speed macrophotography

fish louse
Fish Louse (Argulus) (60x)
Wim van Egmond
Micropolitan Museum
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Water Flea
Giant Water Flea Eye (Leptodora kindtii)
Wim van Egmond
Micropolitan Museum
Rotterdam, Netherlands 
Differential Interference Contrast

stamen magnified
Stamen – Pavonia x gledhillii (Brazilian candles) stamens (20x)
Viktor Sykora
Institute of Pathophysiology, Prague, Czech Republic

sugar cane root
Sugar Cane Root cross section (20x)
Debora Leite
University of São Paulo, Brazil

jumping spider eyes
Jumping spider eyes – anterior lateral and median (16x)
Walter Piorkowski
South Beloit, Illinois, USA
Reflected light

dinosaur bones magnified
Agatized dinosaur bone cells, unpolished, ca. 150 million years old (42x)
Douglas Moore
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
Stereomicroscopy, fiber optics

nature abstracted
Alona (a crustacean) mounted in Canada Balsam with crystals and other artifacts
Dr. Carlos Alberto Muñoz
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico 
Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast

graphite magnified
Graphite-bearing granulite from Kerala, India (2.5x)
Dr. Bernardo Cesare
Department of Geosciences
University of Padua, Padova, Italy
Polarized light microscope

worm disected
Parasitic Nematode (Ascaris), female (150x)
Massimo Brizzi
Microcosmo Italia
Empoli, Firenze, Italy

algae magnified

Algae Magnified – Spirogyra sp. (green algae) filaments (25x)
Marek Mis
Suwalki, Poland
Polarized light

butterfly tongue
Butterfly tongue (720x)
Stephen S. Nagy, M.D.
Montana Diatoms
Helena, Montana, USA
Polarized light, brightfield

magnified sulphur
Crystallized mixture of carbon tetrabromide, resorcinal, and sulphur (25x)
Dr. John Hart
Hart3D Films and Dept. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sci. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
Transmitted Polarized Light

magnified coral
Lobe Coral, live tissue pigmentation response with red fluorescence (12x)
James H. Nicholson
Coral Culture and Collaborative Research Facility
Charleston, South Carolina
Epifluorescence with triple band (U/B/G) excitation

butterfly egg
Butterfly egg – Vanessa atalanta (Red admiral butterfly) egg in Stinging nettle trichomes (10x)
David Millard
Austin, Texas, USA
Diffuse Incident Illumination

liverwort magnified
Liverwort – Intrinsic fluorescence in Lepidozia reptans (liverwort) (20x)
Dr. Robin Young
The University of British Columbia
Live mount, Confocal microscopy

chicken embryo
Chicken Embryo – Chick embryo intestine (20x)
Poulomi Ray
Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University

cancer cells magnified
HeLa (cancer) cells (300x)
Thomas Deerinck
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California, USA
2-Photon fluorescence

Freshwater Ciliates (Trichodina pediculus), ventral view, living specimens (1000x)
Gerd A. Guenther
Duesseldorf, Germany
Differential interference contrast –

leucite crystal
Leucite crystal from volcanic rock showing polysynthetic lamellar twins formed by the cubic- tetrago (40x)
Dr. Michael M. Raith
Steinmann Institut, University of Bonn, Germany
Transmitted polarized light, crossed polarization

microchip magnified
Microchip surface magnified, 3D reconstruction (500x)
Alfred Pasieka
Hilden, Germany
Incident light, Normarski Interference Contrast

Nikon’s Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. For over 30 years, Nikon has rewarded the world’s best photomicrographers who make critically important scientific contributions to life sciences, bio-research and materials science. Next year’s competition deadline is April 30, 2012.

All images via Nikon


Written by Keiren

Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building. Keiren originally founded Inspiration Green in 2007, which merged with Insteading in 2016.

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