Winning Entries from the 2016 Nikon Macro Photo Contest Offer Fascinating Perspective of the World

Nikon have just announced the winners of their annual Small World Photomicrography competition and not only are the standards as high as ever, they also offer a fascinating perspective of a world that you never see.

This years competition marks the 42nd of its kind and with over 2000 entries from 70 different countries  it’s no wonder that the standards were so high. Photomicrography is the practice of taking a photograph through a magnifying device or microscope and whilst some lenses allow photographers to get up close to their subjects, such as Macro lenses, many of the shots in this competition are taken using high end microscopes.

From animal embryos to droplets of caffeine seeing all of these things up close is fascinating. You can see more commended entries to this years competition over on the official website.

1st Place: Four-day-old zebrafish embryo.

Dr. Oscar Ruiz

2nd Place: Polished slab of Teepee Canyon agate.

Douglas L. Moore

3rd Place: Brain cells from skin cells.

Rebecca Nutbrown

4th Place: Butterfly proboscis.

Jochen Schroeder

5th Place: Front foot (tarsus) of a male diving beetle.

Dr. Igor Siwanowicz

6th Place: Air bubbles formed from melted ascorbic acid (vitamin C) crystals.

Marek Miś

7th Place: Leaves of Selaginella (lesser club moss).

Dr. David Maitland

8th Place: Wildflower stamens.

Samuel Silberman

9th Place: Espresso coffee crystals.

Vin Kitayama & Sanae Kitayama

10th Place: Frontonia (showing ingested food, cilia, mouth and trichocysts).

Rogelio Moreno Gill

11th Place: Scales of a butterfly wing underside (Vanessa atalanta).

Francis Sneyers

12th Place: Human HeLa cell undergoing cell division (cytokinesis). DNA (yellow), myosin II (blue) and actin filaments (red).

Dr. Dylan Burnette

13th Place: Poison fangs of a centipede (Lithobius erythrocephalus).

Walter Piorkowski

14th Place: Mouse retinal ganglion cells.

Dr. Keunyoung Kim

15th Place: Head section of an orange ladybird (Halyzia sedecimguttata).

Geir Drange

16th Place: 65 fossil Radiolarians (zooplankton) carefully arranged by hand in Victorian style.

Stefano Barone

17th Place: Slime mold.

José R. Almodóvar

18th Place: Parts of wing-cover (elytron), abdominal segments and hind leg of a broad-shouldered leaf beetle (Oreina cacaliae).

Pia Scanlon

19th Place: Human neural rosette primordial brain cells, differentiated from embryonic stem cells in the culture dish.

The Rockefeller University

20th Place: Cow dung.

Michael Crutchley

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