Emerging Acropora muricata (staghorn coral) polyp (coral tissue in green; algae in magenta)
1st Place, 2019 Small World in Motion Competition
Philippe Laissue

Nikon’s Small World

Celebrating 45 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, 2020

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Photomicrography Competition

The Nikon 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

Endangered Coral Polyp Wins Ninth Annual Nikon Small World in Motion Competition

Dr. Philippe Laissue’s movie gives the world a rare close-up glimpse of a coral reef building and furthers audiences’ understanding of endangered coral populations

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Masters of Microscopy

The scientists, artists, researchers, educators and everyday curious individuals who uncover the fascinating microscopic world around us. Our latest edition profiles 2019 Small World winners Teri Zgoda and Teresa Kugler.

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Nikon’s 2020 Small World Calendar

The 2020 Nikon Small World calendar features the 20 winning digital images, 15 honorable mentions, and images of distinction resulting from the 45th annual competition.

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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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Nikon Instruments

Nikon Instruments is a leader in microscope-based optical and imaging technologies for the life sciences and part of the Nikon Healthcare Business Division.

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