Nikon Small World 2019

Photomicrography Competition 

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View the winners of the 45th annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. Nikon Small World is widely regarded as the leading forum of excellence of photography taken under the microscope. The competition received more than 2,000 entries from scientists in almost 100 countries.

The first place winner is a stunning image of a turtle embryo by microscopy technician Teresa Zgoda and recent university graduate Teresa Kugler. The image was captured using fluorescence and stereo microscopy. The final image was created by stacking and stitching together hundreds of images to create the final image.

Second place was awarded to Nikon Small World veteran Dr. Igor Siwanowicz for his composite image of three single-cell freshwater protozoans, sometimes called “trumpet animalcules.” He used confocal microscopy to capture the detail of the cilia, tiny hairs used by the animals for feeding and locomotion.

In third place is Mr. Daniel Smith Paredes, who placed for his image of a developing American alligator embryo. He snapped this photo at around 20 days of development using immunofluorescence and is studying the development and evolution of vertebrate anatomy.

Other winning images include a snowflake, a mosquito, a small white hair spider, frozen water droplets, penicillium mold spores, seeds, a moth wing, and much more.

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