Nikon Small World Microphotography Competition 2010



The Nikon Small World competition, now in its 36th year, is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope, and it attracts entries from around the world. For over 30 years, Nikon has rewarded the world's best photomicrographers who make critically important scientific contributions to life sciences, bio-research and materials science.The pictures in this gallery are the winning images, chosen by the judges as the top entries for 2010. They were shot by a variety of amateur photographers, professionals and scientists.

1st Place: Jonas King Vanderbilt University, Department of Biological Sciences Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Anopheles gambiae (mosquito) heart (100x)


2nd Place: Dr Hideo Otsuna, University of Utah Medical Centre, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. 5-day old zebrafish head (20X)


3rd Place: Oliver Braubach, Department of Physiology & Biophysics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Zebrafish olfactory bulbs (250X)


4th Place: Riccardo Taiariol, La Spezia, SP, Italy. Wasp nest (10X), Extended Depth of Field Stereomicroscopy


5th Place: Viktor Sykora, Institute of Pathophysiology, First Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Strelitzia reginae (bird of paradise) seed (10X), Darkfield


6th Place: Dr John Huisman, Murdoch University, School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, Murdoch, Western Australia, Australia. Martensia sp. (red seaweed), living specimen (40X), Brightfield


7th Place: Yongli Shan, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre, Dallas, Texas, USA. Endothelial cell attached to synthetic microfibres, stained with microtubules, F-actin and nuclei (2500X), Fluorescence, Confocal


8th Place: Honorio Cocera-La Parra, Geology Museum, University of Valencia, Benetusser, Valencia, Spain. Cacoxenite (mineral) (18X), Reflected light


9th Place: Dr Duane Harland, AgResearch Ltd, Lincoln, New Zealand. Ctenocephalides canis (flea) (20X), Fluorescence


10th Place: Yanping Wang, Beijing Planetarium, Beijing, China. Crystallised soy sauce (16X), Reflected and Transmitted Light


11th Place: Dr Paul D Andrews, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK. Telophase HeLa (cancer) cells expressing Aurora B-EGFP (green) (100X), Deconvolution


12th Place: Dr Gregory Rouse, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA. Juvenile bivalve mollusc, Lima sp. (10X), Darkfield


13th Place: James Nicholson, NOAA NOS NCCOS Coral Culture and Collaborative Research Facility, Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Orange Fungia (mushroom coral), live specimen (166X), Fluorescence


14th Place: Dr Stephen Lowry, University of Ulster, Portstewart, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK. Spiral vessels from banana plant stem (32X), Polarized light


15th Place: Dr Ralf Wagner, Düsseldorf, Germany. Divaricatic acid from Evernia divaricata (lichen), recrystallised from acetone (10X), Polarised light


16th Place: Dr Robert Markus, Institute of Genetics, Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged, Hungary. Mirabilis jalapa (four o'clock flower) stigma with pollen (100X), Epifluorescence and 3D reconstruction


17th Place: Charles Krebs, Charles Krebs Photography, Issaquah, Washington, USA. Ichneumon wasp compound eye and antenna base (40X), Reflected (Episcopic) Light Illumination


18th Place: Gerd Guenther, Düsseldorf, NRW, Germany. Soap film (150X), Incident Brightfield


19th Place: Cameron Johnson, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. Wistar rat retina outlining the retinal vessel network and associated communication channels (100X), Confocal


20th Place: Dr John Hart, Hart3D Films and Dept Atmospheric and Oceanic Sci. Univ. Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA. Crystallised melt of sulphur and acetanilide (10X), Transmitted Light, Crossed Polars


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  1. Check out 33 years of small world winners:

    Amazing !

  2. What a big world! great pictures!


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