Today we are going to share with you the winning and honored images of Nikon’s Small World Photomicrography Competition. Held since 1975, the contest invites scientist and photographers, both professional and amateur, to submit images of anything visible under a microscope. More than 2,000 entries from 83 countries were received this year.
The images below prove that beauty not only comes in all shapes and sizes, they may also come from the most surprising places. Prepare to be awed as you take a trip into a magical miniature world through these winning photographs from the 2015 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition.
1. Anther of a flowering plant (Arabidopsis thaliana) (20x)
2. Australian grass (Austrostipa nodosa) seed (5x)
3. Black witch-hazel (Trichodactylus crinitus) leaf producing crystals to defend against herbivores (100x)
4. Clam shrimp (Cyzicus mexicanus), live specimen (25x)
5. Developing sea mullet (Mugil cephalus) embryos (40x)
6. Eye of a honey bee (Apis mellifera) covered in dandelion pollen.
7. Feeding rotifers (Floscularia ringens) (50x)
8. Fern sorus at varying levels of maturity (20x)
9. Hairyback worm (Chaetonotus sp.) and algae (Micrasterias sp.) (400x)
10. Intake of a humped bladderwort (Utricularia gibba), a freshwater carnivorous plant (100x)
11. Lab-grown human mammary gland organoid (100x)
12. Live imaging of perfused vasculature in a mouse brain with glioblastoma.
13. Mouse colon colonized with human microbiota.
14. Mouse embryo, 10.5 days old (11x)
15. Nerves and blood vessels in a mouse ear skin (10x)
16. Peanut worm (Sipuncula) trochophore larva, 3 days old
17. Planktonic larva of a horseshoe worm (phoronid) (450x)
18. Red fossil coral slab (20x)
19. Spore capsule of a moss (Bryum sp.)
20. Starfish imaged using confocal microscopy (10x)
21. Suction cups on the diving beetle (Dytiscus sp.) foreleg (50x)
22. Tentacles of a carnivorous plant (Drosera sp.) (20x)
23. Young buds of Arabidopsis (a flowering plant) (40x)