November 2, 2010

Nikon International Small World Competition

I thought this was such an interesting competition, and I enjoyed most of the photography in the contest (the bug eyes sort of freaked me out, no lie).
The Nikon International Small World Photomicrography Competition recently announced its list of winners for 2010. The competition began in 1974 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Peering into the small worlds of animal, plants and minerals using many techniques and different instruments, this year's entries brought us images of crystalline formations, fluorescent body parts, cellular structures and more, valuable for both their beauty and insight. The lovely folks at Nikon were kind enough to share some of their images here with us, be sure to click the link above to see all the winners.
I posted some of my favorites below, based purely on visual interested, with captions indicating the subject matter. 

recrystallized sulfur

two human cancer cells seen just before they divide into four cells

snow crystal

patterns of light seen in soap film

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