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For the 48th time, Nikon has held its Small World Photomicrography Competition and the winners of the year 2022 have already been announced!

The awards are celebrating the mesmerizing microscopic world and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography, scientists and enthusiasts alike, through the light microscope. 

Image Of Distinction – Xinpei Zhang

Image Of Distinction - Xinpei Zhang

The winner of this year’s competition is Grigorii Timin, supervised by Dr. Michel Milinkovitch at the University of Geneva with the image of an embryonic hand of a Madagascar giant day gecko. “Masterfully blending imaging technology and artistic creativity, Timin utilized high-resolution microscopy and image-stitching to capture this species of Phelsuma grandis day gecko.”

5th Place – Alison Pollack

5th Place - Alison Pollack

Image Of Distinction – Dr. Eugenijus Kavaliauskas

Image Of Distinction - Dr. Eugenijus Kavaliauskas

According to their website, Nikon’s Small World is regarded as “the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. The Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography.”

Image Of Distinction – Anne-Françoise Tasnier

Image Of Distinction - Anne-Françoise Tasnier

Image Of Distinction – Yuan Ji

Image Of Distinction - Yuan Ji

Besides the photomicrography competition, Nikon is also organizing video competitions, entitled Small World In Motion that “encompass any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope.”

10th Place – Murat Öztürk

10th Place - Murat Öztürk

Honorable Mention – Sebastian Sparenga

Honorable Mention - Sebastian Sparenga

“Recrystallized Vitamin C.”

McCrone Research Institute
Chicago, Illinois, USA

6th Place – Ole Bielfeldt

6th Place - Ole Bielfeldt

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

Macrofying
Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Image Of Distinction – Dr. Stephen S. Nagy

Image Of Distinction - Dr. Stephen S. Nagy

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

Montana Diatoms
Helena, Montana, USA

Image Of Distinction – Adolfo Ruiz De Segovia

Image Of Distinction - Adolfo Ruiz De Segovia

“Drops of olive oil in water.”

Particular
Madrid, Spain

8th Place – Dr. Nathanaël Prunet

8th Place - Dr. Nathanaël Prunet

“Growing tip of a red algae.”

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

1st Place – Grigorii Timin, Dr. Michel Milinkovitch

1st Place - Grigorii Timin, Dr. Michel Milinkovitch

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

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

Honorable Mention – Ye Fei Zhang

Honorable Mention - Ye Fei Zhang

“Butterfly egg.”

Jiang Yin, Jiangsu, China

Honorable Mention – Dr. Laurent Formery

Honorable Mention - Dr. Laurent Formery

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

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

11th Place – Ye Fei Zhang

11th Place - Ye Fei Zhang

“Moth eggs.”

Jiang Yin, Jiangsu, China

Image Of Distinction – Dr. Marko Pende

Image Of Distinction - Dr. Marko Pende

“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

Image Of Distinction – Dr. Andrew Posselt

Image Of Distinction - Dr. Andrew Posselt

“Bold jumping spider (Phidippus audax).”

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

Image Of Distinction – Yoshihiro Tamaru

Image Of Distinction - Yoshihiro Tamaru

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

Hino, Tokyo, Japan

Image Of Distinction – Gabriel Fernández Fernández Jorge Alberto

Image Of Distinction - Gabriel Fernández Fernández Jorge Alberto

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

San Luis, Argentina

Image Of Distinction – Teresa Zgoda

Image Of Distinction - Teresa Zgoda

“Eyeshadow cosmetic.”

Arvada, Colorado, USA

Image Of Distinction – Michael Landgrebe

Image Of Distinction - Michael Landgrebe

“Moss spore capsule (sporangium).”

Berlin, Germany

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