SMALL WORLD

See the year’s best microscopic video in awe-inspiring detail

The roots of a thale cress plant growing four millimeters over 17 hours, a fingertip producing beads of sweat, fungus attacking a mosquito: These videos are the winners of Nikon’s Small World in Motion competition this year. All the works entered were filmed under microscopes.

Light microscopes have been used as an artistic tool since the 1970s and Nikon held its first still microscopic photography competition in 1975. Thanks to advances in digital technology, microscopic photography soon made its way into video. Nikon launched the video competition in 2012, an arena for showcasing the tiniest movements in the world.

Be amazed by the wonders of a world that is usually invisible to the human eye in this compilation of some of the winners.

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