Esmeralda Paric/Holly Stefen courtesy Nikon Small World
  • 1st Place Winner

    1st Place Winner
    A leaf, a louse and neurons 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> A southern live oak leaf.
    Jason Kirk courtesy Nikon Small World
  • 2nd Place Winner

    2nd Place Winner
    300K neurons in two separate populations.
    Esmeralda Paric/Holly Stefen courtesy Nikon Small World
  • 3rd Place Winner

    3rd Place Winner
    The claw of a louse.
    Frank Reiser courtesy Nikon Small World
  • A sensory neuron from an embryonic rat.
    Paula Diaz courtesy Nikon Small World
  • Proboscis of a housefly.
    Oliver Dum courtesy Nikon Small World
  • 3D vasculature of an adult mouse brain.
    Dr. Andrea Tedeschi courtesy Nikon Small World
  • Head of a tick.
    Dr. Tong Zhang and Dr. Paul Stoodley courtesy Nikon Small World
  • Cross section of mouse intestine.
    Dr. Amy Engevik courtesy Nikon Small World
  • A water flea carrying embryos and peritrichs.
    Jan van IJken courtesy Nikon Small World
  • A vein and scales on a butterfly wing.
    Sebastien Malo courtesy Nikon Small World
  • Vasculature of a mouse retina.
    Jason Kirk and Carlos P. Flores Suarez courtesy Nikon Small World
  • Breast organoid showing contractile myoepithelial cells (blue) crawling on secretory breast cells (red).
    Jakub Sumbal courtesy Nikon Small World
  • Cotton fabric with pollen grains.
    Dr. Felice Placenti courtesy Nikon Small World
  • A snowflake.
    Dr. Joern N. Hopke courtesy Nikon Small World
  • An in vivo snapshot of the neurons surrounding the mouth and tentacles of a juvenile starlet sea anemone.
    Ruohan Zhong courtesy Nikon Small World
  • Filamentous strands of Nostoc cyanobacteria captured inside a gelatinous matrix.
    Martin Kaae Kristiansen courtesy Nikon Small World
  • A crystal of table salt.
    Saulius Gugis courtesy of Nikon Small World
  • Calcite crystal inclusion suspended in a spinel gemstone.
    Billie Hughes courtesy Nikon Small World
  • Slime mold.
    Alison Pollack courtesy Nikon Small World