11 Stunning Microscopic Photos

Nikon’s annual Small World Photomicrography Competition attracts thousands of entries from photographers using light microscopes to produce images of the natural world. These are some of this year’s top submissions.

1.

Subject: Section of a Coccinella (ladybug) leg
Photographer: Andrea Genre, Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Turin, Italy
Magnification: 10x

2.

Subject: Pistil of the flower of Adenium obesum
Photographer: José R. Almodovar Rivera, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Magnification: 10x

3.

Subject: Cosmarium sp. (desmid) near a Sphagnum sp. leaf
Photographer: Marek Mis, Marek Mis Photography, Suwalki, Poland
Magnification: 100x

4.

Subject: Brittle star
Photographer: Alvaro Migotto, University of São Paulo, Centro de Biologia Marinha, São Paulo Brazil
Magnification: 8x

5.

Subject: Stinging nettle trichome on leaf vein
Photographer: Charles Krebs, Charles Krebs Photography, Issaquah, Washington
Magnification: 100x

6.

Subject: The blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo
Photographers: Dr. Jennifer L. Peters and Dr. Michael R. Taylor, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Magnification: 20x

7.

Subject: Pleurobrachia sp. (sea gooseberry) larva
Photographer: Gerd A. Guenther, Düsseldorf, Germany
Magnification: 500x

8.

Subject: Cacoxenite (mineral) from La Paloma Mine, Spain
Photographer: Honorio Cócera, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Magnification: 18x

9.

Subject: Sonderia sp. (a ciliate that preys upon various algae, diatoms, and cyanobacteria)
Photographer: Diana Lipscomb, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Magnification: 400x

10.

Subject: Eye organ of a Drosophila melanogaster (third-instar larvae)
Photographer: Michael Bridge, HSC Core Research Facilities — Cell Imaging Lab, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Magnification: 60x

11.

Subject: Coral sand
Photographer: David Maitland, Feltwell, United Kingdom
Magnification: 100x

You can see the rest of this year’s top 20 entries at Wired Science, and more entries and details at Nikon’s contest site.

H/t to Betsy Mason, the editor of Wired Science.

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