The Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition has been giving us glimpses of the microscopic world around us for the past 48 years. Every year, the prestigious photography contest reveals some incredible things that can only be seen under a microscope. This year was no different.
A close-up of the embryonic hand of a Madagascar giant day gecko won the first prize this year. Other notable winning images include a nightmarish shot of an ant’s face and an incredible photograph of a fly under the chin of a tiger beetle. Check out some of 2022's best microscopic photos from the contest below.
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1. "Embryonic hand of a Madagascar giant day gecko (Phelsuma grandis)." 1st Place – Grigorii Timin, Dr. Michel Milinkovitch
2. “Breast tissue showing contractile myoepithelial cells wrapped around milk-producing alveoli”. 2nd Place- Caleb Dawson
3. “Blood vessel networks in the intestine of an adult mouse”. 3rd Place - Satu Paavonsalo, Dr. Sinem Karaman
4. “Long-bodied cellar/daddy long-legs spider (Pholcus phalangioides).” 4th Place – Dr. Andrew Posselt
5. “Slime mold (Lamproderma).” 5th Place – Alison Pollack
6. “Butterfly egg.” Honorable Mention – Ye Fei Zhang
7. “Bold jumping spider (Phidippus audax).” Image Of Distinction – Dr. Andrew Posselt
8. “Four o’clock flower (Mirabilis jalapa).” Image Of Distinction – Gabriel Fernández Fernández Jorge Alberto
9. “Ant (Camponotus).” Image Of Distinction – Dr. Eugenijus Kavaliauskas
10. “Butterfly scales.” Image Of Distinction – Yuan Ji
11. “A fly under the chin of a tiger beetle.” 10th Place – Murat Öztürk
12. “Unburned particles of carbon released when the hydrocarbon chain of candle wax breaks down.” 6th Place – Ole Bielfeldt
13. “Moss spore capsule (sporangium).” Image Of Distinction – Michael Landgrebe
14. “Moth eggs.” 11th Place – Ye Fei Zhang
15. “Transgenic axolotl (CNP:GFP;β3Tubulin:mCherry) showing components of the nervous system. CNP+ Schwann cells (cyan) and axons (magenta).” Image Of Distinction – Dr. Marko Pende
Check out more winners of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition 2022 on the contest's website.
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