Ordinary is extraordinary in 2013 Nikon Small World photo contest

Nikon's annual Small World Competition showcases the year's best photography through the eye of a microscope. Here are some of our favorites from this year.

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    Soap bubble photographed by Haris Antonopoulos, Athens, Greece.
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    Butterfly tongue photographed by Kata Kenesei and Barbara Orsolits, Institute of Experimental Medicine - Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary.
    Kata Kenesei and Barbara Orsolits/Institute of Experimental Medicine/Hungarian Academy of Sciences
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    The explosive dynamics of sugar transport in fat cells photographed by James Burchfield, The Garvan Institute, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
    James Burchfield/The Garvan Institute
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    Young juniper shoot cross-section photographed by Igor Siwanowicz, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia, USA.
    Igor Siwanowicz/Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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    Silicon nanocrystals in silicon dioxide photographed by Jan Valenta and Benjamin Bruhn, Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Prague, Czech Republic.
    Jan Valenta/Benjamin Bruhn/Charles University
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    Urania ripheus (Madagascan Sunset moth) photographed by Laurie Knight, Maidstone, Kent, UK.
    Laurie Knight
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    Crocus pollen and stigmate photographed by Frederic Labaune, Education nationale Auxonne, France.
    Frederic Labaune/Education nationale Auxonne
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    Clione (Pteropoda:Gymnosomata) photographed by Liza Roger and Dr. Gareth Lawson, The University of Western Australia - Oceans Institute Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
    Liza Roger and Dr. Gareth Lawson/The University of Western Australia/Oceans Institute Perth
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    Crystallization of tartrazine photographed by Frederic Labaune, Education NationaleAuxonne, France.
    Frederic Labaune/Education Nationale Auxonne.
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    Annelid larva photographed by Christian Sardet, Department of Life Sciences, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France.
    Christian Sardet/Department of Life Sciences
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    Actinarctus doryphorus (marine tardigrade) photographed by Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa, Corinna Schulze and Ricardo Neves, University Hamburg, Zoological Museum, Hamburg, Germany.
    Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa/Corinna Schulze/Ricardo Neves/University Hamburg
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    Dew on spider web photographed by Massimo Brizzi, Empoli, Firenze, Italy.
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