30 Winning Shots From Nikon’s Small World Photomicrography Competition 2022

This is the 48th year that Nikon invited photographers to its Small World Photomicrography Competition, and there are so many amazing entries from all around the globe this year.

The awards have been announced and the winning images take us to the wonderful and surprising microscopic world. Many scientists and photography enthusiasts peeped into the light microscope to show us the amazing things that we cannot see with our naked eyes.

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Check out some of the most stunning images that won this year in the gallery below.

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#1 1st Place – Grigorii Timin, Dr. Michel Milinkovitch

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“Embryonic hand of a Madagascar giant day gecko (Phelsuma grandis).”

University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Department of Genetics and Evolution

#2 2nd Place- Caleb Dawson

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“Breast tissue showing contractile myoepithelial cells wrapped around milk-producing alveoli”

WEHI, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Department of Immunology
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

#3 3rd Place Satu Paavonsalo Dr. Sinem Karaman

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“Blood vessel networks in the intestine of an adult mouse”

University of Helsinki
Individualized Drug Therapy Research Program, Faculty of Medicine
Helsinki, Finland

#4 4th Place – Dr. Andrew Posselt

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“Long-bodied cellar/daddy long-legs spider (Pholcus phalangioides).”

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Mill Valley, California, USA
Department of Surgery

#5 5th Place – Alison Pollack

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“Slime mold (Lamproderma).”

San Anselmo, California, USA

#6 Honorable Mention – Ye Fei Zhang

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“Butterfly egg.”

Jiang Yin, Jiangsu, China

#7 Image Of Distinction – Xinpei Zhang

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“Alaskan sand.”

Yu Cheng, Ya’an, China

#8 Image Of Distinction – Dr. Andrew Posselt

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“Bold jumping spider (Phidippus audax).”

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Department of Surgery
Mill Valley, California, USA

#9 Image Of Distinction – Karl Deckart

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“Dental drill bit studded with diamond chips.”

Eckental, Bavaria, Germany

#10 Image Of Distinction – Gabriel Fernández Fernández Jorge Alberto

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“Four o’clock flower (Mirabilis jalapa).”

San Luis, Argentina

#11 Image Of Distinction – Ahmad Fauzan

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“Black and white human hair.”

Macro Depok (MD)
Department of Engineering
Jakarta, Indonesia

#12 Image Of Distinction – Dr. Eugenijus Kavaliauskas

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“Ant (Camponotus).”

Tauragė, Lithuania

#13 Image Of Distinction – Anne-Françoise Tasnier

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“Wood cells.”

Royal Museum for Central Africa
Department of Wood Biology
Tervuren, Belgium

#14 Image Of Distinction – Yuan Ji

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“Butterfly scales.”

World Expo Museum
Shanghai, China

#15 Honorable Mention – Sebastian Sparenga

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“Recrystallized Vitamin C.”

McCrone Research Institute
Chicago, Illinois, USA

#16 10th Place – Murat Öztürk

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“A fly under the chin of a tiger beetle.”

Ankara, Turkey

#17 Image Of Distinction – Adolfo Ruiz De Segovia

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“Drops of olive oil in water.”

Particular
Madrid, Spain

#18 6th Place – Ole Bielfeldt

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“Unburned particles of carbon released when the hydrocarbon chain of candle wax breaks down.”

Macrofying
Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

#19 Image Of Distinction – Yoshihiro Tamaru

“Tail of a planktonic crustacean (Oithona brevicornis).”

Hino, Tokyo, Japan

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#20 Image Of Distinction – Michael Landgrebe

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“Moss spore capsule (sporangium).”

Berlin, Germany

#21 Image Of Distinction – Teresa Zgoda

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“Eyeshadow cosmetic.”

Arvada, Colorado, USA

#22 Image Of Distinction – Dr. Stephen S. Nagy

“Diatoms arranged in an exhibition rosette by Klaus D. Kemp.”

Montana Diatoms
Helena, Montana, USA

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#23 Image Of Distinction – Dr. Honor Glenn

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“Human lung cell infected with coronavirus.”

Arizona State University
Biodesign Institute
Biodesign Imaging Facility, Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines, and Virotherapy
Tempe, Arizona, USA

#24 Image Of Distinction – Anatoly Mikhaltsov

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“Cross section of a leaf of dune grass (Ammophila arenaria).”

Children’s Ecological and Biological Center
Department of Botany
Omsk, Russia

#25 Honorable Mention – Dr. Igor Siwanowicz

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“Radula (rasping tongue) of a marine snail (Turbinidae family).”

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Ashburn, Virginia, USA
Janelia Research Campus

#26 14th Place – Nadia Efimova

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“Differentiated cultured mouse myoblasts with lysosomes (cyan/green), nuclei (yellow), F-actin (magenta).”

Amicus Therapeutics
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

#27 8th Place – Dr. Nathanaël Prunet

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“Growing tip of a red algae.”

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Department of Biology

#28 Honorable Mention – Dr. Laurent Formery

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“Two-month old juvenile sea star (Patiria miniata).”

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

#29 11th Place – Ye Fei Zhang

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“Moth eggs.”

Jiang Yin, Jiangsu, China

#30 Image Of Distinction – Dr. Marko Pende

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“Transgenic axolotl (CNP:GFP;β3Tubulin:mCherry) showing components of the nervous system. CNP+ Schwann cells (cyan) and axons (magenta).”

MDI Biological Laboratory
Bar Harbor, Maine, USA

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