Nikon’s Small World competition, founded in 1974 to highlight “excellence in photography through the microscope,” just released this year’s best pics of super tiny worlds. The winning images of cells, intestines, feet, and bugs were elected through a panel of judges who evaluated the photos based on originality, technical proficiency, and visual impact. Check out Nikon’s full Small World gallery here and keep tapping to see the top 10.
This image depicts breast tissue showing contractile myoepithelial cells wrapped around milk-producing alveoli. Photo method: Confocal; 40X (Objective Lens Magnification)
Ever wanted to see a microscopic photo of a long-bodied cellar/daddy long-legs spider (Pholcus phalangioides)? Photo method: Image Stacking; 3X (Objective Lens Magnification)
This image shows what it looks like when unburned particles of carbon release when the hydrocarbon chain of candle wax breaks down. Photo method: Brightfield, Image Stacking; 2.5X (Objective Lens Magnification)
Ever wanted to know what the growing tip of a red algae looked like at 10 times magnification? Now you do. Photo method: Confocal; 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)