Nikon Small World 2014

Nikon will be announcing the winners of the 2014 Small World Photomicrography Competition on October 30. As a preview of the announcement, they've shared some of the unranked images from this year's competition with us here. Celebrating its 40th year, the contest invites photographers and scientists to submit images of all things visible under a microscope. More than 1,200 entries were received this year. Enjoy a trip into a miniature world through the images below, all from the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. [26 photos total]

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1
Mite in a small forest. (Jose R. Almodovar, Puerto Rico) #
2
Appendages of a common brine shrimp. (Dr. Igor Robert Siwanowicz, Virginia, USA) #
3
Active fluid flow around P. damicornis coral polyp. (Dr. Douglas Brumley, Massachusetts, USA) #
4
Ant nymph. (Frederic Labaune, France) #
5
Conochilus unicornis (rotifer), actively feeding. (Charles Krebs, Washington, USA) #
6
Ant eye. (Noah Fram-Schwartz, Connecticut, USA) #
7
Salivary gland cells from a fruit fly showing cell boundaries [white] and genomic DNA [red]. (Dr. Justin Joseph Cassidy, Illinois, USA) #
8
Chlorophyll fluorescence of the symbiotic zooxanthellae (dinoflagellate algae of the genus Symbiodinium) living inside the cells of a sea anemone (Aiptasia pallida). (Dr. David Fransolet, Belgium) #
9
Tradescantia zebrina (wandering jew) leaf stomata. (Dr. Jerzy Gubernator, Poland) #
10
Nowellia curvifolia (leafy liverwort) gametophyte, berberine stained. (Magdalena Turzanska, Poland) #
11
Flower embryo. (Samuel Silberman, Israel) #
12
A bed bug, Cimex lectularius. (Stefano Barone, Italy) #
13
Leptothorax acervorum (ant) carrying its larva. (Geir Drange, Norway) #
14
Chrysochroa buqueti (jewel beetle) carapace, near eye. (Charles Krebs, Washington, USA) #
15
Tigriopus californicus (copepod), couple, lateral view. (Dr. Terue Kihara, Germany) #
16
Live zebrafish embryo at 22 hours post-fertilization. (Dr. Philipp Keller, Virginia, USA) #
17
Image of a mouse retina showing astrocytes (green) and blood vessel (purple). Astrocytes wrap blood vessels within the retina to form the blood-retina-barrier. (Aaron Simmons, Idaho, USA) #
18
Vespula vulgaris (common wasp) stinger. (Geir Drange, Norway) #
19
Nowellia curvifolia (leafy liverwort) gametophyte, berberine stained. (Magdalena Turzanska, Poland) #
20
Ceriodaphnia sp. (water flea). (Rogelio Moreno, Panama) #
21
Eupholus sp. (beetle) Coleoptera Curculionidae. (Dr. Luca Toledano, Italy) #
22
Caterpillar proleg with circle of gripping hooks in red. (Karin Panser, Austria) #
23
Myrmecolax sp. head, ventral view. (Dr. Yuta Nakase, Japan) #
24
Solea sp. (fish) scale, polarized light. (David Linstead, UK) #
25
Paramecium division. (Arturo Agostino, Italy) #
26
Suction-cup hairs on foreleg tarsus of male Dineutus mellyi (whirligig beetle). (Dr. Yuta Nakase, Japan) #

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