Nikon this week announced the results of its 46th Small World Photomicrography contest. Below, you can see the top 20 entries selected by the judges.
“The goal of the Nikon Small World competition has been to share microscopic imagery that visually blends art and science for the general public,” said Eric Flem, communications manager of Nikon Instruments, adding, “As imaging techniques and technologies become more advanced, we are proud to showcase imagery that this blend of research, creativity, imaging technology, and expertise can bring to scientific discovery. This year’s first-place winner (below) is a stunning example.”
Created by Maryland-based Daniel Castranova, with assistance from Bakary Samasa, the winning entry actually comprises 350 individual images stitched together.
As per Nikon: “This image is particularly significant because it was taken as part of an imaging effort that helped Castranova’s team make a groundbreaking discovery — zebrafish have lymphatic vessels inside their skull that were previously thought to occur only in mammals. Their occurrence in fish, a much easier subject to raise, experiment with, and photograph, could expedite and revolutionize research related to treatments for diseases that occur in the human brain, including cancer and Alzheimer’s.”
Nikon’s global photo contest grows with new options for young photographers
Nikon’s annual global photo contest now has two new categories. The company announced today that the 2016-17 competition will also give out a 100th anniversary award, as well as a Next Generation award for photographers under age 30. Neville Brody, a veteran photographer with a portfolio that includes everything from album covers to corporate shoots, will serve as the lead judge.
Next year, Nikon will turn 100 years old, and to celebrate, the company is giving away a Nikon D5 with the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens, as well as 500,000 yen, which is just shy of $5,000. Unlike the other contest categories though, the winning photo from the 100th anniversary category must be shot with Nikon gear. The theme? Celebration, of course.
See the brilliant winning images of the 2016 Sony World Photo Awards
Asghar Khamseh has been named L'Iris d'Or Photographer of the Year of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards. The Iranian photojournalist won for a series of portraits ("Fire of Hatred") highlighting the violent act of acid throwing against women and children in Iran. Khamseh takes home the $25,000 prize.
Khamseh was one of sixty photographers from around the world who were named National Awards winners of the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, in partnership with the World Photography Organisation, on March 21. The judges, who announced the overall winners on April 21, said of Khamseh's work: "Portraits of disfigurement resulting from social violence are undoubtedly a hard-hitting subject, and one which the longstanding tradition of documentary photography does not shy away from. The power of Asghar Khamseh’s imposing series ‘Fire of Hatred’ is such that he enables the viewer to face head-on intimate images, which could be testing to examine closely, with empathy and respect which in turn allows the viewer to become a witness and not just a spectator. The Jury were united in their admiration of this work and the light it shed on the tragic practice it exposes."