Nature Abstracted

The 37th annual Nikon Small World competition's theme was “Recognizing Excellence in Photography through the Microscope.” Some of the outstanding entries:


Mosquito larvae
Mosquito Larvae in a drop of water
Dr. John H. Brackenbury
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK
Laser-triggered high-speed macrophotography




fish louse
Fish Louse (Argulus) (60x)
Wim van Egmond
Micropolitan Museum
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Darkfield




Water Flea
Giant Water Flea Eye (Leptodora kindtii)
Wim van Egmond
Micropolitan Museum
Rotterdam, Netherlands 
Differential Interference Contrast




stamen magnified
Stamen - Pavonia x gledhillii (Brazilian candles) stamens (20x)
Viktor Sykora
Institute of Pathophysiology, Prague, Czech Republic
Darkfield




sugar cane root
Sugar Cane Root cross section (20x)
Debora Leite
University of São Paulo, Brazil
Brightfield



jumping spider eyes
Jumping spider eyes - anterior lateral and median (16x)
Walter Piorkowski
South Beloit, Illinois, USA
Reflected light




dinosaur bones magnified
Agatized dinosaur bone cells, unpolished, ca. 150 million years old (42x)
Douglas Moore
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Stereomicroscopy, fiber optics




nature abstracted
Alona (a crustacean) mounted in Canada Balsam with crystals and other artifacts
Dr. Carlos Alberto Muñoz
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico 
Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast





graphite magnified
Graphite-bearing granulite from Kerala, India (2.5x)
Dr. Bernardo Cesare
Department of Geosciences
University of Padua, Padova, Italy
Polarized light microscope





worm disected
Parasitic Nematode (Ascaris), female (150x)
Massimo Brizzi
Microcosmo Italia
Empoli, Firenze, Italy
Darkfield




algae magnified

Algae Magnified - Spirogyra sp. (green algae) filaments (25x)
Marek Mis
Suwalki, Poland
Polarized light



butterfly tongue
Butterfly tongue (720x)
Stephen S. Nagy, M.D.
Montana Diatoms
Helena, Montana, USA
Polarized light, brightfield




magnified sulphur
Crystallized mixture of carbon tetrabromide, resorcinal, and sulphur (25x)
Dr. John Hart
Hart3D Films and Dept. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sci. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
Transmitted Polarized Light




magnified coral
Lobe Coral, live tissue pigmentation response with red fluorescence (12x)
James H. Nicholson
Coral Culture and Collaborative Research Facility
Charleston, South Carolina
Epifluorescence with triple band (U/B/G) excitation




butterfly egg
Butterfly egg - Vanessa atalanta (Red admiral butterfly) egg in Stinging nettle trichomes (10x)
David Millard
Austin, Texas, USA
Diffuse Incident Illumination




liverwort magnified
Liverwort - Intrinsic fluorescence in Lepidozia reptans (liverwort) (20x)
Dr. Robin Young
The University of British Columbia
Live mount, Confocal microscopy




chicken embryo
Chicken Embryo - Chick embryo intestine (20x)
Poulomi Ray
Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University
Confocal




cancer cells magnified
HeLa (cancer) cells (300x)
Thomas Deerinck
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California, USA
2-Photon fluorescence




Ciliates
Freshwater Ciliates (Trichodina pediculus), ventral view, living specimens (1000x)
Gerd A. Guenther
Duesseldorf, Germany
Differential interference contrast -





leucite crystal
Leucite crystal from volcanic rock showing polysynthetic lamellar twins formed by the cubic- tetrago (40x)
Dr. Michael M. Raith
Steinmann Institut, University of Bonn, Germany
Transmitted polarized light, crossed polarization




microchip magnified
Microchip surface magnified, 3D reconstruction (500x)
Alfred Pasieka
Hilden, Germany
Incident light, Normarski Interference Contrast



Nikon's Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. 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. Next year's competition deadline is April 30, 2012.


All images via Nikon www.nikonsmallworld.com



 

 

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