The Nikon Small World Competition celebrates the natural beauty of images captured underneath the microscope.
Pleurosigma (200x) by Michael J. Stringer
Credit: Make It Green, http://makeitgreen.webs.com/img/microscopephotography3.jpg
Taken from a mud sample on Two Tree Island in the River Thames, Pleurosigma marine diatoms are a very common algal phytoplankton.
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Arabidopsis thaliana anther (20x) by Dr. Heiti Paves
The male reproductive organ of the tiny thale cress plant.
Anopheles gambiae heart (100x) by Jonas King
Credit: Vanderbilt University, http://news.vanderbilt.edu/files/Mosquito-heart-2B.jpg
This image shows the incredibly intricate structure of a mosquito heart.
Portrait of a Chrysopa larva (20x) by Dr. Igor Siwanowicz
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The subject for this picture, a green lacewing larva, was caught after biting the photographer.
The blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo (20x) by Dr. Jennifer L. Peters & Dr. Michael R. Taylor
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Using specially-bred fish and dyes to highlight particular areas of interest, this year’s winner illuminates the function and development of the blood brain barrier.