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Amazing Tiny Photos

The best microphotography of the year brings the very small world into very sharp focus.


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Every year, Nikon gives awards to the people behind the best microphotographs of the year. The winners come from academia, research-based corporations, and photo agencies. Here are the 20 finalists from the 2007 contest, starting with the winning picture: a 17-times magnified view of a double-transgenic mouse embryo by Gloria Kwon of the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Institute in New York.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute

New York, New York

Double transgenic mouse embryo, 18.5 days (17x)

Brightfield, darkfield, fluorescence microscopy (GFP, RFP)

Montana Diatoms

Helena, Montana, USA

Antique microscope slide featuring thin section of diseased ivory (15x)

Polarized light microscopy

Zoology Division

University of Osnabr??ck

Osnabr??ck, Germany

Ophryotrocha diadema (marine worm) embryo, showing nervous

system and cilia (25x)

Confocal microscopy

University of Ulster

Coleraine, Northern Ireland, UK

Coiled radula of Patella vulgaris (mollusk) (20x)

Polarized light microscopy

BIOS/PHONE Photo Agency

Avignon, France

Cedrus atlantica (cedar) leaf crosscut (200x)

Polarized light microscopy

Oswaldo Cruz Foundation

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Trematode sp. (parasitic worm) (400x)

Differential interference contrast microscopy

Oregon Department of Agriculture, Plant Division

Salem, Oregon, USA

Mimetidae sp. (spider) egg case (30x)


Bridgewater State College

Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA

Kaleidofly of a Halloween Pennant (dragonfly) (1x)


Natural Resources Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Amisega floridensis (parasitic wasp) (90x)


Institute of Pathophysiology, First Medical Faculty

Charles University

Prague, Czech Republic

Epilobium parviflorum (small-flowered willowherb) seeds (10x)

Stereomicroscopy, darkfield

Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory

National University of Singapore

Kent Ridge, Singapore

Zebrafish embryo midbrain and diencephalon (20x)

Confocal microscopy

Portland, Oregon, USA

Clione sp. (planktonic mollusk) larva (40x)

Differential interference contrast microscopy

Micropolitan Museum

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Testudinella patina (a rotifer) (400x)

Differential interference contrast microscopy

Charles Krebs Photography

Issaquah, Washington, USA

Marine diatoms attached to Polysiphonia (red algae) (100x)

Differential interference contrast microscopy

Witney, Oxon, UK

Sea water with mixed zooplankton and needle eye (20x)

Reflected light microscopy

Charles Krebs Photography

Issaquah, Washington, USA

Hydrophilidae sp. (water scavenger beetle) larva (100x)

Brightfield microscopy with crossed polarization

MCD Biology

University of Colorado at Boulder

Boulder, Colorado, USA

Xenopus (frog) embryos (20x)


Department of Zoology

University of Osnabruck

Osnabruck, Germany

Erpobdella octoculata (fresh water leech) (25x)

Confocal microscopy

Ramat Gan, Israel

Papaver subpiriforme (corn poppies) flower bud (20x)

Fiber-optic illumination microscopy

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