Nikon's Small World Photomicrography CompetitionSmall World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. For over 30 years, Nikon has rewarded the world's best photomicrographers who make critically important scientific contributions to life sciences, bio-research and materials science.
Deadline for Entries:
April 30, 2012
Tiny Insect Portrait Captures First Place in 2011 Competition
Dr. Igor Siwanowicz's striking confocal image of a common green lacewing wowed the judges to capture first place in this year's Small World Photomicrography Competition.
To see all the 2011 winners, click here.
2011 Competition Winning Images Featured on CBS News Sunday Morning
Charles Osgood shares a gallery from the winning pictures in Nikon's 2011 “Small World” photomicrography competition.
To see the segment, click here.
Introducing Small World in Motion
Nikon has begun accepting movies taken through the microscope as a new category in the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition.
Entitled Small World in Motion, the videos will be judged and honored as a separate section of the competition, complete with prizes for first, second and third places.
To enter the competition, click here.
2011 Small World Judges
Now in its 37th year, the competition has featured some of the most esteemed names in science and science journalism on its judging panel, and this year is no exception.
For a look at this year's judges, click here.
Take the Small World “Identify the Image Challenge”
Each day, we’ll post five new images — can you match the correct description to each photomicrograph? To take the challenge, click here.
Small World on CNN
CNN News Stream recently covered the 2010 Competition, focusing on first place winner Jonas King’s entry.
To read the article, and watch the segment, click here.
Wired Features Selected Small World Insect Images
Wired Science Editor (and 2010 Small World judge) Betsy Mason writes, "They may not seem like creatures worth admiring when they are buzzing around your head or landing on your lunch, but under the microscope, bugs can be truly spectacular. Especially their eyes.
To read the article, click here.
Image of the DayNovember 22, 2011
Crystals of propionamide in optically isotropic medium (100X)
6th place, 1977
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Join the conversation 2011 Small World Calendars Available
Printed in full color on 8.5 x 11 semi-gloss paper and spiral bound for mounting on the wall, the 2011 calendar features the stunning images taken by the winners of the 2010 Competition.
For more information and to purchase the calendar, click here.
Small World On Tour!
Winning Small World photomicrographs are currently on display at a number of museums across North America.
For the detailed museum schedule, click here.
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Browse the Galleries
View winning Small World photomicrographs by year dating back to 1977 or search for images by name, description, technique, affiliation, or location.
To enter the gallery, click here.
What Are You Swimming With?
An item on Fox News online features Small World photomicrographs in an article on microscopic marine life. To see the slideshow, click here.
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