Nikon’s Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. The Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography. The video competition, entitled Small World In Motion encompasses any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope.

Here are a few of the submissions from the 2017 competition.

Senecio vulgaris (a flowering plant) seed head
3rd trimester fetus of Megachiroptera (fruit bat)
Immortalized human skin cells (HaCaT keratinocytes) expressing fluorescently tagged keratin
Living Volvox algae releasing its daughter colonies
Taenia solium (tapeworm) everted scolex
Mold on a tomato
Newborn rat cochlea with sensory hair cells (green) and spiral ganglion neurons (red)
Common Mestra butterfly (Mestra amymone) eggs, laid on a leaf of Tragia sp. (Noseburn plant)
Synapta (sea-cucumber) skin
Individually labeled axons in an embryonic chick ciliary ganglion
Parus major (titmouse) down feather
Lily pollen
Embryonic body wall from a developing Mus musculus (mouse)
Plastic fracturing on credit card hologram
Aspergillus flavus (fungus) and yeast colony from soil
Opiliones (daddy longlegs) eye
Dyed human hair
Exaerete frontalis (orchid cuckoo bee) from the collections of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Phyllobius roboretanus (weevil)


Source for all images:  Nikon Small World