Microscopic Images: Beauty Up Close

Laurie says:

Fern sorus, structures producing and containing spores, magnified 10 times
Rogelio Moreno, Panama City, Panama

I am always thrilled by the exquisite images from the small world. The ones we walk through our large world and never see. These photographs from Small World Photomicrography Competition are truly beauty up close. It’s really worth looking at all of them. The choices were hard.

From Alan Taylor at In Focus:

Nikon just announced the winners of the 2018 Small World Photomicrography Competition, and it’s shared some of the winning and honored images with us. The contest invites photographers and scientists to submit images of all things visible under a microscope. Nearly 2,500 entries were received from 89 countries in 2018, the 44th year of the competition.

A rotting willow leaf, magnified 3.7 times #
Murat Öztürk, Ankara, Turkey


 A mite on an antenna of a May bug, magnified four times #
Emre Can Alagöz, Istanbul, Turkey


Balanus glandula (acorn barnacle), magnified five times #
Charles Krebs, Issaquah, Washington



A portrait of a Sternochetus mangiferae (mango seed weevil), magnified one time
Pia Scanlon, South Perth, Australia

Invisible beauty is all around us, often in very unexpected creatures.