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Nikon Small World

September 16, 2017 — December 3 January 28, 2018 EXTENDED!

Nikon’s Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. See the incredible award-winning images from the annual Photomicrography Competition, included with general admission.

Since the inaugural competition in 1975, Small World has become a leading showcase for photomicrographers from the widest array of scientific disciplines.

A photomicrograph is a technical document that can be of great significance to science or industry. But a good photomicrograph is also an image whose structure, color, composition, and content is an object of beauty, open to several levels of comprehension and appreciation.“Each year we are blown away by the incredible quality and quantity of microscopic images submitted from all over the world, from scientists, artists, and photomicrographers of all levels and backgrounds. This year was certainly no exception,” said Eric Flem, Communications Manager, Nikon Instruments. “Judges had their work cut out for them in narrowing down from such a rich pool of applicants, and we are so pleased with the results. Each of these winning images exhibits the exemplary technique, scientific discipline and artistry for which Nikon Small World is known.”

Top Five Images in the 2016 Photomicrography Competition:

1. Dr. Oscar Ruiz, Four-day-old zebrafish embryo (10x), pictured
2. Douglas L. Moore
, Polished slab of Teepee Canyon agate (90x)

3. Rebecca Nutbrown, Brain cells from skin cells (20x)
4. Jochen Schroeder, Butterfly proboscis (6.3x)
5. Dr. Igor Siwanowicz, Front foot (tarsus) of a male diving beetle (100x)

Special Feature: Vanderbilt University

Dr. Dylan Burnette, Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University's School of Medicine, earned 12th place in 2016 Photomicrography Competition for his image of the human HeLa cell undergoing cell division (cytokinesis). In the image, which is magnified 60x, the yellow is the cell's DNA, the blue is myosin II, and the red is actin filaments.

To capture this image, Dr. Burnette used a technique known as Structured Illumination Microscopy. The process involves a super-resolution fluorescence optical microscope imaging technique that increases resolution by exploiting interference patterns (moiré patterns) created when two grids are overlaid at an angle. 

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