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This Year’s Small World Photo Contest Unveils the Astounding Details Only Visible Under the Light Microscope

This Year’s Small World Photo Contest Unveils the Astounding Details Only Visible Under the Light Microscope



Oct 15, 2022

Grace Ebert

Very long-bodied cellar/daddy lengthy-legs spider (Pholcus phalangioides), Dr. Andrew Posselt. 4th location. All images courtesy of Nikon Compact Globe, shared with permission

For 48 several years the Nikon Compact Planet Photomicrography Levels of competition has garnered some of the most awe-inspiring and illuminated illustrations or photos of all which is obvious once put less than a light microscope. The 2022 contest proceeds the custom with a charming selection that exposes the minuscule information of daily life on Earth. Winning photos zero in on the prickly hairs covering a daddy extended-legs, the trippy styles of a maritime snail’s tongue, and the tessellation-like heads of a slime mould. This year’s top photos were selected from far more than 1,300 entries from 72 international locations, and you can see some of our favorites below. Peruse the full selection on the competition’s web site.


Radula (rasping tongue) of a maritime snail (Turbinidae family), Dr. Igor Siwanowicz. Honorable point out.

Unburned particles of carbon unveiled when the hydrocarbon chain of candle wax breaks down, Ole Bielfeldt. 6th place.

Cross sections of normal human colon epithelial crypts, Dr. Ziad El-Zaatari. 15th location.

Embryonic hand of a Madagascar large day gecko (Phelsuma grandis), Grigorii Timin & Dr. Michel Milinkovitch. To start with spot

A fly under the chin of a tiger beetle, Murat Öztürk. 10th put.

Slime mould (Lamproderma), Alison Pollack. 5th spot.

Butterfly egg, Ye Fei Zhang. Honorable point out.

Ammophila arenaria (grass stem), Anatoly Mikhaltsov. Image of distinction.

Paper wasp stinger, Pablo Piedra. Impression of distinction.



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