Photomicrography: Beauty We Never See

Laurie says:

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
Subject Matter:
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
Subject Matter:



Dr. Igor Robert Siwanowicz
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Janelia Farm Research Campus
Ashburn, Virginia, USA
Subject Matter:
Appendages of a common brine shrimp



Dr. Margaret Oechsli
Nature, Interrupted
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Subject Matter:



Magdalena Turzańska
University of Wroclaw
Institute of Experimental Biology
 Wroclaw, Poland
Subject Matter:
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.