Nikon’s “Small World” contest photo winners

October 21, 2023 • 8:15 am

The Washington Post has published some winners of the 2023 Nikon Photomicrography Contest (you can see a lot more entries here), and I present a selection of the pictures in lieu of readers’ wildlife, which will resume tomorrow. (Send in your photos!) Photo captions come from the Post site.

Fourth place, venomous fangs of a small tarantula. (John-Oliver Dum/Courtesy of Nikon Small World)
Image of distinction, cabbage butterfly eggs. (John-Oliver Dum/Courtesy of Nikon Small World)

Sixth place, Comatricha nigra, extreme close-up of two developing fruiting bodies cultivated in a moist chamber. (Timothy Boomer/Courtesy of Nikon Small World)

Honorable mention, carpenter bee (Xylocopa violacea) head and antenna. (Ángel Navarro Gómez/Courtesy of Nikon Small World)

Image of distinction, cleared mouse embryo. (Arthur Chien/Courtesy of Nikon Small World)
11th Place, crystallized sugar syrup. (Diego García/Courtesy of Nikon Small World)

12th Place, “Cuckoo wasp” standing on a flower. (Sherif Abdallah Ahmed/Courtesy of Nikon Small World)

Image of distinction, feeding bryozoan colony zooids. Bryozoans are microscopic aquatic invertebrates that live in colonies. (Charles Krebs/Courtesy of Nikon Small World)

Two more from Nikon’s contest site:

Image of Distinction: Maturing Mouse cortical neuron in culture; Nadia Efimova:

Images of Distinction: Marine organism (Pyrocystis lunulaDinophyceae); Frank Fox:

h/t: Laurie

8 thoughts on “Nikon’s “Small World” contest photo winners

  1. Pfff – Mark Sturtevant’s stuff is better.

    I kid I kid!

    Amazing stuff all! It’s just Mark’s photo sets leapt to mind.

    1. I second that! And further, you can be a total amateur, and other members will pretty much race each other to help and answer questions.

  2. Image of distinction, cleared mouse embryo. (Arthur Chien/Courtesy of Nikon Small World)

    There has been some significant genetic jiggery-pokery to that mouse, to make the … connective tissue? have no refractive index contrast with the other tissues.
    I remember hearing an article on the radio about how they do this – I’m pretty sure it’s just one tissue they need to affect, but I’m not so sure that it’s connective tissue.

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