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.
The 12th place winner shows a closeup of the eye of an Opiliones (daddy longlegs) magnified 20x.
2nd Place: A Senecio vulgaris (a flowering plant) seed head, magnified 2x.
11th place shows an image of plastic fracturing on a credit card hologram magnified 10x.
Image of Distinction: Nsutite and Cacoxenite (minerals), magnified 5x
Honorable Mention: The eyes of a jumping spider, magnified 6x.
The 15th place winner is an image of a 3rd trimester fetus of a Megachiroptera (fruit bat), magnified 18x.
Image of Distinction: Moth eggs in spider silk, magnified 16x.
Image of Distinction: A natural bridge (petiole nodes) connecting the abdomen and thorax of an ant, magnified 5x.
Honorable Mention: Human tongue blood vessels injected with lead chromate, magnified 100x.
8th Place: An image of a newborn rat cochlea with sensory hair cells (green) and spiral ganglion neurons (red), magnified 100x.
5th Place: Mold on a tomato magnified 3.9x.
Honorable Mention: A Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) cross section showing curved stigma with pollen, magnified 25x.
Image of Distinction: Simple eyes of an Ectemnius (digger wasp), with condensation, magnified 20x.
The 7th place winner shows individually labeled axons in an embryonic chick ciliary ganglion magnified 30x.
Image of Distinction: A Cladocera (water flea) magnified 10x.
Image of Distinction: A group of rotifers magnified 20x.
Image of Distinction: The face of a small moth magnified 5x.
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.
Image of Distinction: Abdominal proleg of a Lasiocampa (caterpillar) magnified 3.7x.
The 4th place winner shows the everted scolex (head) of a Taenia solium (tapeworm), magnified 200x.
18th place shows Synapta (sea-cucumber) skin magnified 100x.
Honorable Mention: Warp knitted curtain fabric magnified 10x.
Honorable Mention: Liquid crystal magnified 500x
Image of Distinction: Mosquito larva, early development, magnified 10x.