Small World Photomicrography Winners Showcase The Beauty Of The Tiny

By David Wharton | 8 years ago

1We marvel at the wonders of our universe on a daily basis here at GFR, but if we’re being honest then that usually means drooling over some new batch of astronomy pictures. But science is forever revealing that there is just as much beauty in the very, very small as there is in the heavens above. For proof, you need look no further than the 2013 winners of Nikon’s Small World Photomicrography Competition.

As you might guess from that moniker, the competition challenges photographers to serve up images of the microscopic world all around us, and a whole different reality that usually escapes our notice because it’s too small to be seen with the naked eye. Nikon posted 20 winners for this year, and you can see the gorgeous results throughout this post.

Up top you can see the first place winner, a “Chaetoceros debilis (marine diatom), a colonial plankton organism (250x)” photographed by Wim van Egmond of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

And here’s the second place winner: “Chrysemys picta (painted turtle) retina (400x),” photographed by Dr. Joseph Corbo of St. Louis, Missouri.


Third place: “Marine worm (20x),” photographed by Dr. Alvaro Migotto of Sao Paulo, Brazil


Fourth place: “Paramecium sp. showing the nucleus, mouth and water expulsion vacuoles (40x),” photographed by Rogelio Moreno Gill of Panama City, Panama


Fifth place: “Hippocampal neuron receiving excitatory contacts (63x),” photographed by Dr. Kieran Boyle of Glasgow, Scotland


Sixth place: “Chamaeleo calyptratus (veiled chameleon) embryo showing cartilage (blue) and bone (red),” photographed by Dorit Hockman of Cambridge, United Kingdom


Seventh place: “Adhesive pad on a foreleg of a ladybird beetle (Coccinella septempunctata) (20x),” photographed by Dr. Jan Michels of Kiel, Alberta, Germany


Eighth place: “Barbilophozia sp. (a leafy liverwort, bryophyte plant) and cyanobacteria (50x),” photographed by Magdalena Turzanñska of Wroclaw, Poland


Ninth place: “Insect wrapped in spider web (85x),” photographed by Mark A. Sanders of Minneapolis, Minnesota


10th place: “Thin section of a dinosaur bone preserved in clear agate (10x),” photographed by Ted Kinsman of Rochester, New York


11th place: “Macrobrachium shrimp (ghost shrimp) eye (140x),” photographed by Vitoria Tobias Santos of Macaé, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


12th place: “Silicon dioxide on polydimethylglutarimide-based resist (200x),” photographed by Dr. Pedro Barrios-Perez of Ottowa, Ontario, Canada


13th place: “Mouse vertebra section (200x),” photographed by Dr. Michael Paul Nelson & Samantha Smith of Birmingham, Alabama


14th place: “Peripheral nerves in E11.5 mouse embryo (5x),” photographed by Zhong Hua of Baltimore, Maryland


15th place: “Podospora anserina (fungus) filamentous tip cells (630x),” photographed by Dr. Christian Q. Scheckhubler of Frankfurt, Germany


16th place: “Pityohyphantes phrygianus (sheet weaver spider) with a parasitic wasp larva on the abdomen (5x),” photographed by Geir Drange of Asker, Norway


17th place: “Pyramidal neurons and their dendrites visualized in the visual cortex of a mouse brain (40x),” photographed by Dr. Alexandre William Moreau of London, United Kingdom


18th place: “Annelid larva (100x),” photographed by Christian Sardet of Strasbourg, France


19th place: “Nerve and muscle thin section (40x),” photographed by Dr. David Ward of Oakdale, California


20th place: “The explosive dynamics of sugar transport in fat cells,” photographed by Dr. James Burchfield of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


You can see the runners up and more information about the winners at the Small World Photomicrography competition website.