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The 20 Small World Competition Finalists For 2018

Edited By: Jake Ramirez
 The Nikon International Small World Competition began all the way back in 1975. It was intended to recognize the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. During the time since, it has become one of the world's leading showcases for photomicrography, and features images from the widest array of scientific disciplines. Here are this year's finalists and winners: 
 
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20. Human Retina - Dr. Nicolas Cuenca & Isabel Ortuno-Lizaran 
macro-photos
Technique
Immunocytochemistry and Confocal Microscopy
Magnification
40x (objective lens magnification)
19. Asian hornet with venom on stinger - Pierre Anquet
macro-photos
Technique
Reflected Light, Focus Stacking
Magnification
6.3x (objective lens magnification)
 
18. Amino acid crystals - Justin Zoll  
macro-photos
Technique
Polarized Light, Image Tiling
Magnification
4x (objective lens magnification)
17. Breast tissue in lactation - Caleb Dawson 
macro-photos
Technique
3D Confocal Microscopy
Magnification
63x (objective lens magnification)
16. Mouse oviduct vasculature - Dr. Amanda D. Phillips Yzaguirre 
macro-photos
Technique
Confocal
Magnification
10x (objective lens magnification)
15. Mite on the back of a honeybee - Antoine Franck 
macro-photos
Technique
Focus Stacking
Magnification
1x (objective lens magnification)
14. African green monkey cell (COS-7) stained for actin and microtubules - Andrew Moore and Dr. Erika Holzbaur
macro-photos
Technique

Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) Microscopy

Magnification
100x (objective lens magnification)
13. Acorn barnacle - Charles B. Krebs
macro-photos
Technique
Autofluorescence
Magnification
5x (objective lens magnification)
12. Butterfly wing scales - Luciano Andres Richino 
macro-photos
Technique
Image Stacking
Magnification
20x (objective lens magnification)
11. Human fibroblast dividing, showing actin (gray), myosin II (green) and DNA (magenta) - Nilay Taneja and Dr. Dylan Burnette 
macro-photos
Technique
Structured Illumination Microscopy
Magnification
60x (objective lens magnification)
10. Stalks with pollen grains - Dr. Csaba Pinter 
macro-photos
Technique
Focus Stacking
Magnification
3x (objective lens magnification)
9. Security hologram - Dr. Haris Antonopoulos 
macro-photos
Technique
Darkfield Epi-illumination
Magnification
10x (objective lens magnification)
8. Mango seed weevil - Pia Scanlon 
macro-photos
Technique
Stereomicroscopy, Image Stacking
Magnification
1x (objective lens magnification)
7. Human tear drop - Norm Baker 
macro-photos
Technique
Darkfield
Magnification
5x (objective lens magnification)
6. Central region of the retina - Hanen Khabou
macro-photos
Technique
Fluorescence
Magnification
40x (objective lens magnification)
5. Spider embryo stained in different colors - Dr. Tessa Montague 
macro-photos
Technique
Confocal
Magnification
20x (objective lens magnification)
4. Peacock feather section - Can Tuncer 
macro-photos
Technique
Focus Stacking
Magnification
5x (objective lens magnification)
3. Spittlebug nymph in its bubble house - Saulius Gugis 
macro-photos
Technique
Focus Stacking
Magnification
5x (objective lens magnification)
2. Fern sorus - Rogelio Moreno Gill 
macro-photos
Technique
Autofluorescence
Magnification
10x (objective lens magnification)
1. Eye of a Metapocyrtus subquadrulifer beetle - Yousef Al Habshi 
macro-photos
Technique
Reflected Light
Magnification
20x (objective lens magnification)
 
 
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