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Top 20 Winners of Nikon’s 2012 Photomicrography Competition

nikon small world competition 1st Place: The blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo (20x) [Photo: Dr. Jennifer Peters and Dr. Michael Taylor]

Nikon recently announced the winners of the 2012 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. Now in its 38th year, Nikon Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. Competition judges analyzed entries from all over the world covering subjects ranging from chemical compounds to up-close-and-personal looks at biological specimens. This year’s top honors went to Dr. Jennifer Peters and Dr. Michael Taylor of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for their photomicrograph, ‘The blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo’.

Top images from the 2012 Nikon Small World Competition will be exhibited in a full-color calendar and through a national museum tour. You can also vote for your favorites through November 13.

nikon small world competition 2nd Place: Live newborn lynx spiders (6x) [Photo: Walter Piorkowski]

nikon small world competition 3rd Place: Human bone cancer (osteosarcoma) showing actin filaments (purple), mitochondria (yellow), and DNA (blue) (63x) [Photo: Dr. Dylan Burnette]

nikon small world competition 4th Place: Drosophila retina at 40% pupal development [Photo: Dr. W. Ryan Williamson]

nikon small world competition 5th Place: Cacoxenite (mineral) (18x) [Photo: Honorio Cócera]

nikon small world competition 6th Place: Cosmarium sp. (desmid) near a Sphagnum sp. leaf (100x) [Photo: Marek Mis]

nikon small world competition 7th Place: Eye organ of a Drosophila melanogaster (third-instar larvae) (60x) [Photo: Dr. Michael Bridge]

nikon small world competition 8th Place: Pleurobrachia sp. (sea gooseberry) larva (500x) [Photo: Gerd A.Guenther]

nikon small world competition 9th Place: Myrmica sp. (ant) carrying its larva (5x) [Photo: Geir Drange]

nikon small world competition 10th Place: Brittle star (8x) [Photo: Dr. Alvaro Migotto]

nikon small world competition 11th Place: Section of a Drosophila larva gut, expressing a reporter for Notch activity (25x) [Photo: Jessica Von Stetina]

nikon small world competition 12th Place: Lymphatic endothelial cells and fibroblasts coated on cytodex beads and seeded in 3D fibrin gels (200x) [Photo: Esra Guc]

nikon small world competition 13th Place: Sonderia sp. (a ciliate that preys upon various algae, diatoms, and cyanobacteria) (400x) [Photo: Dr. Diana Lipscomb]

nikon small world competition 14th Place: Pistil of the flower of Adenium obesum (10x) [Photo: José R. Almodovar Rivera]

nikon small world competition 15th Place: Section of a Coccinella (ladybug) leg [Photo: Andrea Genre]

nikon small world competition 16th Place: Fossilized Turitella agate containing Elimia tenera (freshwater snails) and ostracods (seed shrimp) (7x) [Photo: Douglas Moore]

nikon small world competition 17th Place: Stinging nettle trichome on leaf vein (100x) [Photo: Charles Krebs]

nikon small world competition 18th Place: Coral sand (100x) [Photo: Dr. David Maitland]

nikon small world competition 19th Place: Garlic [Photo: Dr. Somayeh Naghiloo]

nikon small world competition 20th Place: Molossus rufu (black mastiff bat) embryos [Photo: Dorit Hockman]

This post was contributed by independent curator/producer Amanda Gorence.