Nikon recently unveiled the winners of its annual photomicrography contest, which celebrates the hidden world only seen under a light microscope. For 43 years, scientists, doctors, and enthusiasts have entered their best work into the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, bringing a new worldview to the public.
Photo by Tracy Scott.
Aspergillus flavus (fungus) and yeast colony from soil.
Photo by Dr. Dylan Burnette.
Embryonic body wall from a developing Mus musculus (mouse).
Photo by Christian Gautier.
Synapta (sea-cucumber) skin.
Photo by Harald K. Andersen.
Dyed human hair.
Photo by Marek Miś.
Parus major (titmouse) down feather.
Photo by Dr. Rick Adams.
3rd trimester fetus of Megachiroptera (fruit bat).
Photo by David Millard.
Common Mestra butterfly (Mestra amymone) eggs, laid on a leaf of Tragia sp. (Noseburn plant).
Photo by Levon Biss.
Exaerete frontalis (orchid cuckoo bee) from the collections of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
Photo by Charles B. Krebs.
Opiliones (daddy longlegs) eye.
Photo by Steven Simon.
Plastic fracturing on credit card hologram.
Photo by Dr. Csaba Pintér.
Phyllobius roboretanus (weevil).
Growing cartilage-like tissue in the lab using bone stem cells (collagen fibers in green and fat deposits in red).
Photo by Dr. Michael Perny.
Newborn rat cochlea with sensory hair cells (green) and spiral ganglion neurons (red).
Photo by Dr. Ryo Egawa.
Individually labeled axons in an embryonic chick ciliary ganglion.
Photo by Dr. David A. Johnston.
Photo by Dean Lerman.
Mold on a tomato.
Photo by Teresa Zgoda.
Taenia solium (tapeworm) everted scolex.
Photo by Jean-Marc Babalian.
Living Volvox algae releasing its daughter colonies.
Photo by Dr. Havi Sarfaty.
Senecio vulgaris (a flowering plant) seed head.
Immortalized human skin cells (HaCaT keratinocytes) expressing fluorescently tagged keratin.