I’ve always loved photomicrography images. The best of them are exquisite images of an unseen world that surrounds us.
Nikon has a Small World contest every year for the best of these images. Celebrating its 40th year, the contest invites photographers and scientists to submit images of all things visible under a microscope.
There are 100 amazing images on the site. The five below are an almost random choice.
Dr. Marco Dal Maschio
Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology Munich, Germany
Sagittal brain slice showing cell nuclei (cyan) and Purkinje cells (red) expressing EGFP
José R. Almodóvar
University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Mayaguez Campus Biology Department Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, USA
Dr. Igor Robert Siwanowicz
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Janelia Farm Research Campus Ashburn, Virginia, USA
Appendages of a common brine shrimp
Dr. Margaret Oechsli
Nature, Interrupted Louisville, Kentucky, USA
University of Wroclaw Institute of Experimental Biology Wroclaw, Poland
Nowellia curvifolia (leafy liverwort) gametophyte
These are just a taste of the exhibition. It’s worth taking some time to contemplate a kind of beauty that is rarely seen.