Here are the 2015 winners of the Nikon Small World in Motion Photomicrography Competition:
Nikon's annual contest is all about capturing microscopic things in gorgeous and moving detail. There were submissions from all over the world, and winners were selected by a panel of scientists and photographers.
First place went to this slow-motion ciliate-on-ciliate attack and the tasty feast that followed:
Second place went to this horrifically close-up view of a termite's guts:
Third place went to this disturbing video of a parasite larva emerging from its moth-host to build a cocoon:
Many of the honorable mentions were just as wild:
Like these nutrient-containing capsules engineered to release their contents when exposed to stomach acid:
Or this hypnotic view of a mouse hair follicle growing in a culture because science:
And this hungry AF rotifer eating ALL THE THINGS:
Here's what happens when you blast some human skin cells with a laser for five nanoseconds, in case you were curious:
These wiggly things are not spaghetti noodles, they are cyanobacteria filaments magnified 100 times:
This close-up view of soap film is better than your best lava lamp:
Look at this close and personal look at some penicillium growing up real hard:
And finally, try not to smile while looking at this oddly-cute water flea swimming its gosh-darn heart out:
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