It’s A Small World After All

Stunning photos of the very small

The winners of the 2011 Nikon International Small World photography contest were announced Tuesday (Oct. 4), with the winning photograph
of a green lacewing larva taken by Igor Siwanowicz of the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Germany. (LiveScience)

(Credit: Nikon Small World Competition) The Nikon International Small World Competition awards photographers for their renderings of the beauty and complexity of teensy things through the light microscope. The resulting photomicrographs must not only awe but also contribute significantly to various scientific disciplines. From alien-looking insects and worms to cells that would make stunning decorations, the 2011 award-winning photographs are both stunning and informative. Take a stroll into the world of the small.

Small worlds
(Credit: Dr. Igor Siwanowicz Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried, Germany) First place in the 2011 Nikon Small World photograph competition went to this photograph of an itsy-bitsy green lacewing larva. The bug landed on photographer Igor Siwanowicz and bit him; Siwanowicz retaliated by turning the insect into art.

Tiny monster

(Credit: Dr. Donna Stolz University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania, USA) A blade of grass magnified 200 times took 2nd place in the Nikon Small World photography competition, 2011.

Leaves of grass

Credit: Frank Fox Fachhochschule Trier Trier, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany) The third place winner of the 2011 Nikon Small World contest was this photo of living Melosira monliformis, a type of algae.

Bit of algae

(Credit: Dr. Robin Young The University of British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) Robin Young of the University of British Columbia took 4th place in the Nikon contest with this magnified image of liverwort.

Fluorescent beauty

(Credit: Alfred Pasieka Germany) Get ultra-close with electronics with this
5th-place winner of the Nikon Small World contest. This is the surface of a microchip.

A-maze-ing

(Credit: Dr. Jan Michels Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel Kiel, Germany) The marine copepod Temora longicornis takes on subtle hues in this 9th-place-winning photograph

Itsy-bitsy ocean-dweller

(Credit: Dr. Donna Stolz The University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA) Nikon winner Donna Stolz is ready for Christmas — on a microscopic level, at least. This is a collage of mammalian cells, stained to reveal various proteins and organelles and then assembled into a wreath. Happy holidays!

Really tiny Christmas

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