Exaerete frontalis (orchid cuckoo bee) from the collections of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
13th Place, 2017 Photomicrography Competition
Levon Biss

Nikon’s Small World

Celebrating 43 years of images captured by the light microscope

Nikon’s Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. The Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography. The video competition, entitled Small World In Motion encompasses any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope.

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Deadline for Entries

Apr 30, 2019

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Photomicrography Competition

The Nikon International Small World Competition first began in 1975 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Since then, Small World has become a leading showcase for photomicrographers from the widest array of scientific disciplines.

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Video Competition

In 2011, Nikon announced that it would begin accepting movies taken through the microscope as a new category in the 37th annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. This new category, titled Small World in Motion, encompasses any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope and adds a new, distinct discipline to the competition.

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Small World News

Nikon Instruments Announces Judges for 44th Nikon Small World Competition

Nearly 2,500 scientists and artists from 89 countries around the globe are vying for recognition in the prestigious photomicrography and video competitions.

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Small World Exhibit Tour

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Masters of Microscopy

The scientists, artists, researchers, educators and everyday curious individuals who uncover the fascinating microscopic world around us. In our first edition, prolific Small World winner Wim van Egmond discusses his unique sample preparation techniques.

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MicroscopyU

Nikon's MicroscopyU website features technical support and timely information about all aspects of optical microscopy, photomicrography, and digital imaging.

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