This is NOT just photography

October 24, 2010

The Wired Science blog  is undoubtedly one of the best science blogs on the net, being accessible for the laymen but diverse and in-depth enough to keep all interest-levels happy. Last week, however, one post stood out among the rest. The announcement of the top 20 microscopic photographs in the 36th annual Nikon Small World competition.


The 20 photos that popped up on my screen were unrecognisable at first glance and unbelievable upon closer inspection.  These photo’s are truly phenomenal!  Take a look at the winner:



Can you guess what it is yet?’ (in my best aussie accent).  No?  Well it’s the heart of a mosquito, magnified 100 times!  Betsy Mason at WIRED said that

‘The image, which used flourescence technology to highlight different parts of the specimen, stood out as one of the most beautiful of the entries. And it also had scientific merit as part of the photographer’s research on how mosquitoes carry and spread disease.’

Below is a pick of my personal favourites but you can take a look for yourself at the Wired Science blog.

Ichneumon wasp compound eye and antenna base (40X), Reflected (Episcopic) Light Illumination 
Telophase HeLa (cancer) cells expressing Aurora B-EGFP (green) (100X)
Zebra Fish olfactory bulbs (250x)
Ctenocephalides canis (flea) (20X)

...and if you can’t get enough of photomicrography, you can visit the Nikon Small World website.

All images courtesy of Nikon Small World

One Comment

  1. Mandy says:

    i love seeing this sort of thing up close! Amazing

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