Thanks to microphotography, the hidden, undetected by the naked eye world becomes visible. Nikon Small World is a leading forum for microphotography and their annual competition shows the best images from its genre. Finally the winners were announced, once scientists and photographers from around 70 countries have submitted their entries. This year, the winner is Dr. Oscar Ruiz and his picture of a 4 day old zebrafish embryo. His picture is a great balance of artistic quality and scientific research. This is exactly what the judges were looking for. The winner created the image by developing innovative techniques to capture time-lapse images of the evolving zebrafish face.
But not all the images are about organisms. The second place, for example belongs to Douglas L, Moore and his image depicts a polished slab of Teepee Canyon agate. “That such beauty and detail could be locked in a 273-million-year-old rock amazes me,” he shares.
“Every year we’re looking for that image that makes people lean forward in their seats, sparks their curiosity and leads them to ask new questions,” explains Eric Flem, Communications Manager, Nikon Instruments.
Just have a look at the highlights of this year competition:
1st Place. Dr. Oscar Ruiz. Four-day-old zebrafish embryo. 10x.
2nd Place. Douglas L. Moore. Polished slab of Teepee Canyon agate. 90x.
3rd Place. Rebecca Nutbrown. Culture of neurons (stained green) derived from human skin cells, and Schwann cells, a second type of brain cell (stained red). 20x.
4th Place. Jochen Schroeder. Butterfly proboscis. 6.3x.
5th Place.Dr. Igor Siwanowics. Front foot (tarsus) of a male diving beetle. 100x.
6th Place. Marek Mis. Air bubbles formed from melted ascorbic acid crystals. 50x.
7th Place. Dr. David Maitland . Leaves of Selaginella (lesser club moss). 40x.
8th Place. Samuel Silberman. Wildflower stamens. 40x.
9th Place. Vin Kitayama and Sanae Kitayama. Espresso coffee crystals.
10th Place. Rogelio Moreno Gill. Frontonia (showing ingested food, cilia, mouth and trichocysts). 200x.
11th Place. Francis Sneyers. Scales of a butterfly wing underside (Vanessa atalanta). 10x.
12th Place. Dr. Dylan Burnette. Human HeLa cell undergoing cell division (cytokinesis). DNA (yellow), myosin II (blue) and actin filaments (red). 9x.
13th Place. Walter Piorkowski. Poison fangs of a centipede (Litius erythrocephalus). 16x.
14th Place. Dr. Keunyoung Kim. Mouse retinal ganglion cells. 40x.
15th Place. Geir Drange. Head section of an orange ladybird (Halyzia sedecimguttata). 10x.