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These photos reveal the hidden worlds around us

  • Johnny Simon
By Johnny Simon

Deputy Photo Editor

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

Nikon announced the winners of its Small World microphotography competition today (Oct. 21), awarding amateur and professional photographers (many of whom are also practicing scientists) for pictures that capture the hidden worlds lying at the microscopic level.

While some images showcase the tiny details not noticeable to most, like the intricate interwoven shapes of a tulip, others delve into the hidden worlds that are impossible to see with the naked eye, like an alligator embryo or the pattern of spheres that make up a housefly’s eye.

Take a look at some of the stunning examples below.

Daniel Smith Paredes & Dr. Bhart-Anjan S. Bhullar
Alligator embryo.
Jan Rosenboom
Male mosquito.
Teresa Zgoda & Teresa Kugler
Fluorescent turtle embryo.
Andrei Savitsky
“Tulip bud cross section.”
Dr. Razvan Cornel Constantin
Housefly compound eye pattern.
Dr. Yujun Chen & Dr. Jocelyn McDonald
A pair of ovaries from an adult Drosophila female.
Marek Miś
Pregnant Daphnia magna (small planktonic crustacean).
Javier Rupérez
Small white hair spider.

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