Teresa Zgoda/Teresa Kugler courtesy Nikon Small World
  • 1st Place Winner

    1st Place Winner
    Animal embryos, flowers and mineral crystals all take center stage in this year's annual Nikon Small World microscopy contest. The winners, made up of scientists, professional photographers and hobbyists, used a light microscope and other photographic techniques to capture their subjects and showcase the microscopic beauty within. To see all submissions and learn further about the contest visit their <a href="https://www.nikonsmallworld.com/galleries/photomicrography-competition" target="external">website.</a></br></br>Fluorescent turtle embryo.
    Teresa Zgoda/Teresa Kugler courtesy Nikon Small World
  • 2nd Place Winner

    2nd Place Winner
    Depth-color coded projections of three stentors, single-celled freshwater protozoans.
    Dr. Igor Siwanowicz courtesy Nikon Small World
  • 3rd Place Winner

    3rd Place Winner
    An alligator embryo during nerve and skeleton development.
    Daniel Smith Paredes/Dr. Bhart-Anjan S. Bhullar courtesy Nikon Small World
  • A male mosquito.
    Jan Rosenboom courtesy Nikon Small World
  • Snowflake
    Caleb Foster Photography courtesy Nikon Small World
  • Small white hair spider.
    Javier Ruperez courtesy Nikon Small World
  • A Chinese red carnation stamen.
    Dr. Guillermo Lopez Lopez courtesy Nikon Small World
  • A frozen water droplet.
    Garzon Christian courtesy Nikon Small World
  • The cross section of a tulip bud.
    Andrei Savitsky courtesy Nikon Small World
  • Bovine pulmonary artery endothelial cells, BPAE, are seen in during the telophase stage of mitosis.
    Jason M. Kirk courtesy Nikon Small World
  • A pair of ovaries from an adult drosphila female, or fruit fly. F-actin is dyed yellow, nuclei are green and follicle cells are marked in magenta.
    Dr. Yujun Chen/Dr. Jocelyn McDonald courtesy Nikon Small World
  • Mosquito larva.
    Jim Neil/Anne Algar courtesy Nikon Small World
  • Close-up of cuprite, a mineral composed of copper oxide.
    Dr. Emilio Carabajal Marquez courtesy Nikon Small World
  • A female oxyopes dumonti, or lynx spider.
    Antoine Franck courtesy Nikon Small World
  • A pregnant daphnia magna or small planktonic crustacean.
    Marek Mis Photography courtesy Nikon Small World
  • Pattern from the compound eye of a housefly.
    Dr. Razvan Cornel Constantin courtesy Nikon Small World
  • Vitamin C
    Karl E. Deckart/Karl Deckart courtesy Nikon Small World
  • A cristobalite crystal is suspended in a quartz mineral host.
    Lotus Gemology/E. Billie Hughes courtesy Nikon Small World
  • An octopus bimaculoides, or California two-spot octopus, embryo.
    Martyna Lukoseviciute/Dr. Carrie Albertin courtesy Nikon Small World
  • The blood vessels of a murinae, mouse, heart following a myocardial infraction, or heart attack.
    Simon Merz/Lea Bornemann/Sebastian Korste courtesy Nikon Small World