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Stunning Images Taken By The Winners of Nikon Small World Competition 2017

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Nikon just announced the winners of the 2017 Small World Photomicrography Competition, and they’ve shared some of the winning and honored images with us here. The contest invites photographers and scientists to submit images of all things visible under a microscope. More than 2,000 entries were received from 88 countries in 2017, the 43rd year of the competition.

Charles Krebs, Issaquah, Washington

The 12th place winner shows a closeup of the eye of an Opiliones (daddy longlegs) magnified 20x.


Dr. Havi Sarfaty, Yahud-Monoson, Israel

2nd Place: A Senecio vulgaris (a flowering plant) seed head, magnified 2x.


Steven Simon, Grand Prairie, Texas

11th place shows an image of plastic fracturing on a credit card hologram magnified 10x.


Emilio Carabajal Márquez, Madrid, Spain

Image of Distinction: Nsutite and Cacoxenite (minerals), magnified 5x


Emre Can Alagöz, Istanbul, Turkey

Honorable Mention: The eyes of a jumping spider, magnified 6x.


Dr. Rick Adams, Greeley, Colorado

The 15th place winner is an image of a 3rd trimester fetus of a Megachiroptera (fruit bat), magnified 18x.


Walter Piorkowski, South Beloit, Illinois

Image of Distinction: Moth eggs in spider silk, magnified 16x.


Can Tunçer, Izmir, Turkey

Image of Distinction: A natural bridge (petiole nodes) connecting the abdomen and thorax of an ant, magnified 5x.


Frank Reiser, Garden City, New York

Honorable Mention: Human tongue blood vessels injected with lead chromate, magnified 100x.


Dr. Michael Perny, Bern, Switzerland

8th Place: An image of a newborn rat cochlea with sensory hair cells (green) and spiral ganglion neurons (red), magnified 100x.


Dean Lerman, Netanya, Israel

5th Place: Mold on a tomato magnified 3.9x.


Dr. Robert Markus, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Honorable Mention: A Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) cross section showing curved stigma with pollen, magnified 25x.


Laurie Knight, Tonbridge, United Kingdom

Image of Distinction: Simple eyes of an Ectemnius (digger wasp), with condensation, magnified 20x.


Dr. Ryo Egawa, Nagoya, Japan

The 7th place winner shows individually labeled axons in an embryonic chick ciliary ganglion magnified 30x.


Rogelio Moreno, Panama City, Panama

Image of Distinction: A Cladocera (water flea) magnified 10x.


Frank Fox, Konz, Germany

Image of Distinction: A group of rotifers magnified 20x.


Jan Rosenboom, Rostock, Germany

Image of Distinction: The face of a small moth magnified 5x.


Catarina Moura, Dr. Sumeet Mahajan, Dr. Richard Oreffo & Dr. Rahul Tare, Southampton, United Kingdom

9th Place: Growing cartilage-like tissue in the lab using bone stem cells (collagen fibers in green and fat deposits in red), magnified 20x for collagen; 40x for fat deposits.


Dean Lerman, Netanya, Israel

Image of Distinction: Abdominal proleg of a Lasiocampa (caterpillar) magnified 3.7x.


Teresa Zgoda, Rochester, New York

The 4th place winner shows the everted scolex (head) of a Taenia solium (tapeworm), magnified 200x.


Christian Gautier, Le Mans, France

18th place shows Synapta (sea-cucumber) skin magnified 100x.


Marc Van Hove, Zwijnaarde, Belgium

Honorable Mention: Warp knitted curtain fabric magnified 10x.


Michael Tuchband, Boulder, Colorado

Honorable Mention: Liquid crystal magnified 500x


Charles Krebs, Issaquah, Washington

Image of Distinction: Mosquito larva, early development, magnified 10x.

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