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Nikon shows off the winners of its 47th small world photo contest

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.”

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Created by Maryland-based Daniel Castranova, with assistance from Bakary Samasa, the winning entry actually comprises 350 individual images stitched together.

Winner: Dorsal view of bones and scales (blue) and lymphatic vessels (orange) in a juvenile zebrafish –Daniel Castranova, Dr. Brant M. Weinstein, Bakary Samasa — National Institutes of Health — Maryland, U.S. — 4X objective lens magnification

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.”

2nd place: Embryonic development of a clownfish (Amphiprion percula) on days 1, 3 (morning and evening), 5, and 9 — Daniel Knop — Natur und Tier-Verlag NTV Oberzent-Airlenbach, Hessen, Germany — 10X
3rd place: Tongue (radula) of a freshwater snail — Dr. Igor Siwanowicz — Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Virginia, U.S. — 40X
4th place: Multi-nucleate spores and hyphae of a soil fungus (arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus) — Dr. Vasileios Kokkoris, Dr. Franck Stefani, Dr. Nicolas Corradi — University of Ottawa Agriculture and Agrifood, Ontario, Canada — 63X
5th place: Bogong moth — Ahmad Fauzan — Jakarta, Indonesia — 5X
6th place: Hebe plant anther with pollen — Dr. Robert Markus, Zsuzsa Markus — University of Nottingham, U.K. — 10X
7th place: Microtubules (orange) inside a cell. Nucleus is shown in cyan — Jason Kirk — Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, U.S. — 63X
8th place: Chameleon embryo (autofluorescence) — Dr. Allan Carrillo-Baltodano, David Salamanca — Queen Mary University of London, U.K. — 10X
9th place: Connections between hippocampal neurons (brain cells) — Jason Kirk, Quynh Nguyen — Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, U.S. — 63X
10th place: Daphnia magna (Phyllopoda), a small planktonic crustacean — Ahmad Fauzan — Jakarta, Indonesia — 10X
11th place: Red algae — Dr. Tagide deCarvalho — University of Maryland, U.S. — 63X
12th place: Human hair — Robert Vierthaler — Pfarrwerfen, Salzburg, Austria — 20X
13th place: Crystals formed after heating an ethanol and water solution containing L-glutamine and beta-alanine — Justin Zoll — New York, U.S. — 4X
14th place: Leaf roller weevil (Byctiscus betulae) lateral view — Özgür Kerem Bulur — Istanbul, Turkey — 3.7X
15th place: Chain of daughter individuals from the asexually reproducing annelid species Chaetogaster diaphanus — Dr. Eduardo Zattara, Dr. Alexa Bely — CONICET, Rio Negro, Argentina — 5X
16th place: Nylon stockings — Alexander Klepnev — JSC Radiophysics, Moscow, Russia — 9X
17th place: Ventral view of an immature water boatman — Anne Algar — Middlesex, U.K. — 4X
18th place: Atlas moth wing — Chris Perani — California, U.S. — 10X
19th place: Silica cell wall of the marine diatom Arachnoidiscus sp. — Dr. Jan Michels — Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany — 50X
20th place: Skeleton preparation of a short-tailed fruit bat embryo (Carollia perspicillata) — Dr. Dorit Hockman, Dr. Vanessa Chong-Morrison — University of Cape Town, South Africa — 1X

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