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The World Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Nikon has just announced the winners of its annual Small World Photomicrography competition, and as you can see from these stunning photographs, bigger isn't always better.

The competition is in its 42nd year and this year over 2000 people from 70 countries entered. For those that don't know, photomicrography is the practise of taking a photograph through a microscope or similar magnifying device in order to capture the intricate details of things invisible to the human eye. From the proboscis of a butterfly and the foot of a beetle to espresso coffee crystals, the pictures below give us a whole new way of looking at world. The categories are divided into winners, honorable mentions, and images of distinction, and you can find the full list on the Nikon Small World website.

Air Bubbles Formed From Melted Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) Crystals

Leaves Of Selaginella 

Poison Fangs Of A Centipede

Scales Of A Butterfly Wing Underside

Espresso Coffee Crystals

Wildflower Stamens

Retinal Ganglion Cells In The Whole-Mounted Mouse Retina

Caudal Gill Of A Dragonfly Larva

Copper Crystal

Green Bottle Fly

Goatsbeard Flower

Human Neural Rosette Primordial Brain Cells

Front Foot (Tarsus) Of A Male Diving Beetle

Butterfly Proboscis

Polished Slab Of Teepee Canyon Agate

Four-Day-Old Zebrafish Embryo

More info: Nikon Small World

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