Finalists of 2016 Nikon Photomicrography Competition

Nikon Small World Competition 2016, the 42nd year of a grand gathering of photographers focusing on microscopic photography, attracted 2,000 passional photographers from 70 countries all over the world. The annual competition shows people an incredibly intricate miniature world our naked eyes never before seen, from the tiny face of a four-day-old zebrafish embryo to espresso coffee crystals, the neurons in human skin to wildflower stamens, etc.

1st Place

Four-day-old zebrafish embryo. (Photo by Dr. Oscar Ruiz/Nikon’s Small World 2016)

2nd Place

Polished slab of Teepee Canyon agate. (Photo by Douglas L. Moore/Nikon’s Small World 2016)

3rd Place


Culture of neurons (stained green) derived from human skin cells, and Schwann cells, a second type of brain cell (stained red). (Photo by Rebecca Nutbrown/Nikon’s Small World 2016)

4th Place


Butterfly proboscis. (Photo by Jochen Schroeder/Nikon’s Small World 2016)

5th Place (article about Igor Siwanowicz)


Front foot (tarsus) of a male diving beetle. (Photo by Igor Siwanowicz/Nikon’s Small World 2016)

6th Place


Bubbles formed from melted ascorbic acid crystals. (Photo by Marek Mis/Nikon’s Small World 2016)


7th Place


Leaves of Selaginella (lesser club moss). (Photo by David Maitland/Nikon’s Small World 2016)

8th Place


Wildflower stamens. (Photo by Samuel Silberman/Nikon’s Small World 2016)

9th Place


Espresso coffee crystals. (Photo by Vin Kitayama and Sanae Kitayama/Nikon’s Small World 2016)

13th Place


Poison fangs of a centipede (Lithobius erythrocephalus). (Photo by Walter Piorkowski/Nikon’s Small World 2016)

14th Place


Mouse retinal ganglion cells. (Photo by Dr. Keunyoung Kim/Nikon’s Small World 2016)




Honorable Mention


Leg of a water boatman (Corixidae). (Photo by Marek Miś/Nikon’s Small World 2016)


Dentate gyrus of a optically-cleared transgenic mouse brain in 3D (10x)


Wasp eyes




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