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  • Small World Photomicrography Competition Winners

    For more than 30 years, Nikon has highlighted the beauty and intricacy of the micro-universe through its Small World photography competition. This month, the judges announced the contest winners from the pool of scientists and photographers who submitted images from around the world. This image submitted by Fabrice Parais of Caen, France shows a larva head magnified 30 times.
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  • Small World Photomicrography Competition Winners

    Laurie Knight from Tonbridge, Kent, U.K. submitted this image of fly eyes magnified 10 times.
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  • Small World Photomicrography Competition Winners

    Yanping Wang of Beijing took this image of a snowflake magnified 16 times.
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  • Small World Photomicrography Competition Winners

    This photo of a mosquito heart magnified 100 times captured first place in the competition. It was submitted by Jonas King, a graduate student in Vanderbilt University's Department of Biological Sciences.
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  • Small World Photomicrography Competition Winners

    Dr. Hideo Otsuna with the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City won second place with this photo of the head of a 5-day-old zebrafish magnified 20 times.
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  • Small World Photomicrography Competition Winners

    This third place image of zebra fish olfactory bulbs magnified 250 times was submitted by Oliver Braubach with Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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  • Small World Photomicrography Competition Winners

    This close-up photo of a wasp's nest magnified 10 times won fourth place in the competition. It was taken by Riccardo Taiariol of La Spezia, Italy.
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  • Small World Photomicrography Competition Winners

    Believe it or not, this beautiful photo actually shows a mineral magnified 18 times. It was submitted by Honorio Cocera-La Parra from Valencia, Spain and won eighth place in the contest.
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  • Small World Photomicrography Competition Winners

    Through human eyes they're not much to look at, but magnified 20 times the simple flea becomes far more interesting. This image submitted by Dr. Duane Harland of New Zealand won ninth place in the competition.
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  • Small World Photomicrography Competition Winners

    This 10th place image from Yanping Wang of Beijing shows soy sauce magnified 16 times.
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  • Small World Photomicrography Competition Winners

    This ghostly image took 12th place in the competition and was taken by Dr. Gregory Rouse of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif. It shows a juvenile bivalve mollusk magnified 10 times.
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