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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