11 Stunning Microscopic Photos
Nikon's annual These are some of this year's top submissions. Small World Photomicrography Competition attracts thousands of entries from photographers using light microscopes to produce images of the natural world.
Subject: Section of a Coccinella (ladybug) leg Photographer: Andrea Genre, Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Turin, Italy
Subject: Pistil of the flower of Adenium obesum Photographer: José R. Almodovar Rivera, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Subject: Cosmarium sp. (desmid) near a Sphagnum sp. leaf Photographer: Marek Mis, Marek Mis Photography, Suwalki, Poland
Subject: Brittle star Photographer: Alvaro Migotto, University of São Paulo, Centro de Biologia Marinha, São Paulo Brazil
Subject: Stinging nettle trichome on leaf vein Photographer: Charles Krebs, Charles Krebs Photography, Issaquah, Washington
Subject: The blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo Photographers: Dr. Jennifer L. Peters and Dr. Michael R. Taylor, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Subject: Pleurobrachia sp. (sea gooseberry) larva Photographer: Gerd A. Guenther, Düsseldorf, Germany
Subject: Cacoxenite (mineral) from La Paloma Mine, Spain Photographer: Honorio Cócera, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Subject: Sonderia sp. (a ciliate that preys upon various algae, diatoms, and cyanobacteria) Photographer: Diana Lipscomb, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Subject: Eye organ of a Drosophila melanogaster (third-instar larvae) Photographer: Michael Bridge, HSC Core Research Facilities -- Cell Imaging Lab, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Subject: Coral sand Photographer: David Maitland, Feltwell, United Kingdom
You can see the rest of this year's top 20 entries at
Wired Science, and more entries and details at Nikon's contest site.
Betsy Mason, the editor of Wired Science.