The Nikon Small World Competition celebrates the natural beauty of images captured underneath the microscope.



Credit: Make It Green,

Pleurosigma (200x) by Michael J. Stringer

Taken from a mud sample on Two Tree Island in the River Thames, Pleurosigma marine diatoms are a very common algal phytoplankton.


Arabidopsis thaliana 

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Arabidopsis thaliana anther (20x) by Dr. Heiti Paves

The male reproductive organ of the tiny thale cress plant.


Anopheles gambiae

Credit: Vanderbilt University,

Anopheles gambiae heart (100x) by Jonas King

This image shows the incredibly intricate structure of a mosquito heart.


Chrysopa larva

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Portrait of a Chrysopa larva (20x) by Dr. Igor Siwanowicz

The subject for this picture, a green lacewing larva, was caught after biting the photographer.


Blood Brain Barrier

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The blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo (20x) by Dr. Jennifer L. Peters & Dr. Michael R. Taylor

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.

Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox is the Managing Editor of All That Is Interesting. She holds a Master's Degree in International Relations, and works as a reporter/producer for DNAinfo.
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