Nikon Small World 2016

Nikon will be announcing the winners of the 2016 Small World Photomicrography Competition on October 19. As a preview of the announcement, they've shared some of the unranked images from this year's competition with us here. The contest invites photographers and scientists to submit images of all things visible under a microscope. More than 2,000 entries were received this year. Enjoy a trip into a miniature world through the images below, all from the 2016 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. [21 photos total]

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1
Scales of a butterfly wing underside, Vanessa atalanta (10x). (Francis Sneyers Brecht, Belgium) #
2
Sixty-five fossil Radiolarians (zooplankton) carefully arranged by hand in Victorian style (100x). (Stefano Barone, Palazzo Pignano, Italy) #
3
Head section of an orange ladybird, Halyzia sedecimguttata (10x). (Geir Drange, Asker, Norway) #
4
Cross-section through a multi-layered carbon-fiber reinforced composite structure for defect analysis (100x). (Peter Pook, Riverport, Nova Scotia, Canada) #
5
Egg of a Gulf Fritillary butterfly, Agraulis vanilla (4x). (David Millard, Austin, Texas, USA) #
6
Poison fangs of a centipede, Lithobius erythrocephalus (16x). (Walter Piorkowski, South Beloit, Illinois, USA) #
7
Air bubbles formed from melted ascorbic acid crystals (50x). (Marek Mis, Suwalki, Podlaskie, Poland) #
8
Ant pupae, Myrmica sp. (5x). (Geir Drange, Asker, Norway) #
9
Caudal gill of a dragonfly larva (25x). (Marek Mis, Suwalki, Podlaskie, Poland) #
10
Eyes of a jumping spider, Hasarius adansoni (9x). (Yousef Al Habshi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) #
11
Analgesic compound (salicin) extracted from Willow tree bark (50x). (Dr. David Maitland, Feltwell, United Kingdom) #
12
Jurinea mollis seed (5x). (Viktor Sykora, Prague, Czech Republic) #
13
Copper crystals (5x). (Honorio Cócera-La Parra, Valencia, Spain) #
14
Butterfly proboscis (6.3x). (Jochen Schroeder, Chiang Mai, Thailand) #
15
Leaves of a liverwort (Cephalozia bicuspidata) plant (125x). (Magdalena Turzańska, Wrocław, Poland) #
16
Frontonia showing ingested food, cilia, mouth and trichocysts (200x). (Rogelio Moreno Gill, Panama City, Panama) #
17
Water mite Unionicola sp. (100x). (Jacek Myslowski, Wloclawek, Poland) #
18
Section of a red speckled jewel beetle, Chrysochroa buqueti rugicollis (19x). (Yousef Al Habshi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) #
19
The prolegs of a hairy caterpillar gripping a small branch (4x). (James Dorey, Fairfield, Queensland, Australia) #
20
Black elder tree flower stamen, Sambucus nigra (10x). (Laurie Knight, Tonbridge, Kent, United Kingdom) #
21
Wasp eyes. (Jochen Schroeder, Chiang Mai, Thailand) #

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