People who like photography made a good decision entering this post. People who love science may feel in the best place today, while reading this article. People who feel attracted by the unseen, by the ‘untouchable’ microscopic world, will be inspired by the extraordinary images from the Nikon’s Small World competition.
After 43 years, Nikon celebrated the moment with stunning images captured by the light microscope. Welcome to the unbelievable world of photomicrography. The competition is ended and the winners announced. The competition was open to anyone and allowed to showcase the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope.
This is the top 20 ranking at the 2017 Nikon’s Small World Photomicrography Competition, with bizarre and unknown subjects only this art can catch.
1ST PLACE: human skin cells (HaCaT keratinocytes) expressing fluorescently tagged keratin.
By Dr. Bram van den Broek, Andriy Volkov, Dr. Kees Jalink, Dr. Reinhard Windoffer & Dr. Nicole Schwarz from The Netherlands Cancer Institute.
2ND PLACE: Senecio vulgaris (a flowering plant) seed head.
By Dr. Havi Sarfaty from Eyecare Clinic.
3RD PLACE: Living Volvox algae releasing its daughter colonies.
By Jean-Marc Babalian.
4TH PLACE: Taenia solium (tapeworm) everted scolex.
What a “cute monster”.
By Teresa Zgoda from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
5TH PLACE: Mold on a tomato.
Fluffy, isn’t it?
By Dean Lerman.
6TH PLACE: Lily pollen.
So much inside this tiny thing.
By Dr. David A. Johnston from University Hospital Southampton, Biomedical Imaging Unit.
7TH PLACE: Individually labeled axons in an embryonic chick ciliary ganglion.
I would believe they are some colourful lights from an evening party.
By Dr. Ryo Egawa from Nagoya University.
8TH PLACE: Newborn rat cochlea with sensory hair cells (green) and spiral ganglion neurons (red).
I would have never imaged this will become a rat one day.
By Dr. Michael Perny from University of Bern, Institute for Infectious Diseases.
9TH PLACE: Growing cartilage-like tissue in the lab using bone stem cells (collagen fibers in green and fat deposits in red).
By Catarina Moura, Dr. Sumeet Mahajan, Dr. Richard Oreffo & Dr. Rahul Tare from University of Southampton, Institute for Life Sciences.
10TH PLACE: Phyllobius roboretanus (weevil).
By Dr. Csaba Pintér from University of Pannonia, Georgikon Faculty, Department of Plant Protection.
11TH PLACE: Plastic fracturing on credit card hologram.
This is what you use when you pay. Would you ever believed that?
By Steven Simon of Simon Photography
12TH PLACE: Opiliones (daddy longlegs) eye.
Do you feel observed?
By Charles B. Krebs of Charles Krebs Photography.
13TH PLACE: Exaerete frontalis (orchid cuckoo bee).
By Levon Biss of Levon Biss Photography Ltd.
14TH PLACE: Common Mestra butterfly eggs, laid on a leaf of Tragia sp. (Noseburn plant).
By David Millard.
15TH PLACE: 3rd trimester fetus of a fruit bat (Megachiroptera).
By Dr. Rick Adams from University of Northern Colorado, Department of Biological Sciences.
16TH PLACE: Parus major (titmouse) down feather.
By Marek Miś of Marek Mis Photography.
17TH PLACE: Dyed human hair.
From the outside they may look charming, but what do you think now?
By Harald K. Andersen.
18TH PLACE: Synapta (sea-cucumber) skin.
Wow, I thought it was a pattern for a beach towel design.
By Christian Gautier of Biosphoto.
19TH PLACE: Embryonic body wall from a developing Mus musculus (mouse).
Well, with a bit of imagination it may look like a satellite map. Am I too imaginative?
By Dr. Dylan Burnette from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology.
20TH PLACE: Aspergillus flavus (fungus) and yeast colony from soil.
Let’s print this on canvas: it could easily be a nice painting to hang on your wall. What do you think?
By Tracy Scott.
Do you like photography and the microscopic world? Which image do you prefer? Let us know your personal ranking by commenting below.