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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Just for fun: Small world competition

Since 1974, Nikon has hosted the Small World Photomicrography Competition. Photographs must involve some type of light microscopy but can encompass any subject.  Prizes are given for originality, informational content, technical proficiency and visual impact.

The 2011 grand prize winner was this submission by Igor Siwanowicz of the Max Planck Institute.  In case you don't recognize the creature depicted below, it's a lacewing larva magnified 20x.

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You can see all the winners and honorable mentions here. Personally, I like the following picture of a 630x magnification of freshwater ciliates undergoing conjugation, submitted by Gerd Guenther.

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If you'd like to enter the contest next year, here are the rules.  Make sure your entry is in by the April 30, 2012 deadline.