The micro world is ten times cooler than the macro world! Now you've probably heard of the Annual Sony World Photography contest. But that's better suited for the world we can see. The Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition is for the seemingly invisible microscopic world that we simply can't see. Using a light microscope, the images that are captured are simply out of this world. This year's 2017 competition has gotten as many as 2,000 entries from as many as 88 countries from around the world, and after 42 years, the photomicrography competition continues to wow us in ways we never thought possible!
Some of the best photomicrography literally comes from within ourselves!
This is a photo of a single HaCaT keratinocyte, or in layman’s terms, a human skin cell with fluorescent keratin. Taken by Dr. Bram van den Broek, Andriy Vollov, Dr. Kees Jalink, Dr. Reinhard Windoffer, and Dr. Nicole Schwarz, this photo won first place without a doubt.
Have you ever wondered what the seed head of a flowering plant looks like?
This is a microscopic in-depth look of a senecio vulgaris taken by Dr. Havi Sarfaty. The photo won 2nd place for its creepy looking tentacles, which made it look more like an insectoid and less like plant life.
This isn't an updated version of the oh-so popular Pac-Man game you grew up playing.
The photo, taken by Jean-Marc Babalian, won 3rd place, and is actually a living volvox algae, and those yellow balls are actually daughter colonies it’s releasing, not eating.
It came from outer space and settled in your tummy, or did it come from animal meat?
This is a Taenia solium everted scolex taken by Teresa Zgoda. It won 4th place, and in case you were wondering what a Taenia solium was, it’s known as a tapeworm. Creepy looking, isn’t it?
Aw, what is that tribble doing on top of that sweaty red surface?
It’s actually not a tribble, but a mold spore on a tomato and was taken by Dean Lerman, who won 5th place for it. Who would have thought that mold would have looked cute enough to pet.