Nikon's Small World Contest 2012: Life as you've never seen it
Nikon's annual Small World Competition showcases the year's best photography through the eye of a microscope. Here are the top 20 of 2012 and vote for your favorite on Facebook.


Image of Distinction: House Spider

Harold Taylor
Kensworth, Dunstable, United Kingdom

Image Stacking, 30x

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20th Place: Embryos of the species Molossus rufus (black mastiff bat)

Dorit Hockman
Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom


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19th Place: Floral primordia of Allium sativum (garlic)

Dr. Somayeh Naghiloo
Department of Plant Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences
University of Tabriz
Tabriz, Iran



18th Place: Coral sand

Dr. David Maitland
Feltwell, United Kingdom

Brightfield, 100x

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17th Place: Stinging nettle trichome on leaf vein

Charles Krebs
Charles Krebs Photography
Issaquah, Washington, USA

Transmitted Light, 100x

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16th Place: Fossilized Turitella agate containing Elimia tenera (freshwater snails) and ostracods (seed shrimp)

Douglas Moore
University Relations & Communications/Geology
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA

Stereomicroscopy, 7x


15th Place: Section of a Coccinella (ladybug) leg

Andrea Genre
Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology
University of Turin
Turin, Italy

Confocal, 10x

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14th Place: Pistil of Adenium obesum

José R. Almodóvar Rivera
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, Biology Department
Mayaguez Puerto Rico, USA

Image Stacking, 10x

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13th Place: Sonderia sp. (a ciliate that preys upon various algae, diatoms, and cyanobacteria)

Dr. Diana Lipscomb
Department of Biological Sciences
George Washington University
Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Nomarski Interference Contrast, 400x

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12th Place: Cells sprout from dextran beads embedded in fibrin gel

Esra Guc
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Lausanne, Switzerland

Fluorescence, Confocal, 200x

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11th Place: Tip of the gut of a Drosophila melanogaster larva 

Jessica Von Stetina
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Confocal, 25x

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10th Place: Brittle star

Dr. Alvaro Migotto
University of São Paulo
Centro de Biologia Marinha
São Paulo, Brazil

Stereomicroscopy, Darkfield, 8x

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9th Place: Myrmica sp. (ant) carrying its larva

Geir Drange
Asker, Norway

Reflected Light, Image Stacking, 5x

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8th Place: Pleurobrachia sp. (sea gooseberry) larva

Gerd A. Guenther
Düsseldorf, Germany

Differential Interference Contrast, 500x

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7th Place: Eye organ of a fruit fly larva

Dr. Michael John Bridge
HSC Core Research Facilities - Cell Imaging Lab
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Confocal, 60x


6th Place: Cosmarium sp. (desmid) near a Sphagnum sp. leaf

Marek Mis
Marek Mis Photography
Suwalki, Poland

Polarized Light, 100x

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5th Place: Cacoxenite (mineral) from La Paloma Mine, Spain

Honorio Cócera-La Parra
Museum of Geology, Department of Geology
University of Valencia
Valencia, Spain

Transmitted Light, 18x

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4th Place: Drosophila melanogaster visual system halfway through pupal development, showing retina (gold), photoreceptor axons (blue), and brain (green)

Dr. W. Ryan Williamson
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Ashburn, Virginia, USA

Confocal, 1500x

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3rd Place: Human bone cancer (osteosarcoma) showing actin filaments (purple), mitochondria (yellow), and DNA (blue)

Dr. Dylan Burnette
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Structured Illumination Microscopy (SIM), 63x

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2nd Place: Live newborn lynx spiderlings

Walter Piorkowski
South Beloit, Illinois, USA

Reflected Light, Fiber Optics, Image Stacking, 6x

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1st Place: The blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo

Dr. Jennifer L. Peters and Dr. Michael R. Taylor
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Memphis, Tennessee USA

Confocal, 20x

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Nikon's Small World Contest 2012: Life as you've never seen it

Nikon's annual Small World Competition showcases the year's best photography through the eye of a microscope. Here are the top 20 of 2012 and vote for your favorite on Facebook.

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