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2018 Nikon Photomicrography Contest reveals the hidden beauty of a microscopic world

Now entering it’s 44th year of celebrating the beauty of a microscopic world, Nikon has announced the winners of its 2018 Small World Photomicrography Competition.

Participants of the competition know that advanced imaging and microscope technologies help to lend more clarity and reveal the unexpected beauty of the world around us. That’s why photographers, scientists and hobbyists continue to push the boundaries of micrography. In fact, this year almost 2,500 scientists and artist from 89 countries around the world have submitted work for the competition.

Winning entry

Being evaluated on originality, informational content, technical proficiency, and visual impact, judges poured over thousands of photos for the contest. Eventually, first place was awarded to photographer Yousef Al Habshi. His image captures part of the compound eyes and bright-greenish scales of the Asian red palm weevil. This beetle is found in the Philippines and is less than a half-inch in size.

Top 10 winners of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition: 1st Place, Yousef Al Habshi

Eye of a “Metapocyrtus subquadrulifer” beetle by Yousef Al Habshi

“Because of the variety of colouring and the lines that display in the eyes of insects, I feel like I’m photographing a collection of jewellery,” said Yousef. “Not all people appreciate small species, particularly insects. Through photomicrography we can find a whole new, beautiful world, which hasn’t been seen before. It’s like discovering what lies under the ocean’s surface.”

Yousef created the photo using reflected light and by stacking 128 micrographs into a single photo. And though this insect served as Yousef’s muse for the stunning photograph, weevils present infestation problems worldwide and may often destroy crops.

Other winners from the 2018 Nikon Photomicrography Contest

The entire top twenty makes use of a wide variety of techniques to bring their photomicrographs to life. Other images display the colourful forms of the microscopic world, such as a spittlebug’s bubble house, the fibres of a peacock feather, the central region of the retina and a human teardrop.

Winners of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition will have their work shown during a traveling exhibition around the United States and Canada. They will also be included in a full-colour calendar.

2nd place

Top 10 winners of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition: 2nd Place, Rogelio Moreno

“Fern sorus” (structures producing and containing spores) by Rogelio Moreno

3rd place

Top 10 winners of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition: 3rd Place, Saulius Gugis

Spittlebug nymph in its bubble house by Saulius Gugis

All other photomicrography winners

Top 10 winners of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition: 4th Place, Can Tunçer

Peacock feather section by Can Tunçer

Top 10 winners of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition: 5th Place, Dr. Tessa Montague

“Parasteatoda tepidariorum” (spider embryo) stained for embryo surface (pink), nuclei (blue) and microtubules (green) by Dr. Tessa Montague

Top 10 winners of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition: 6th Place, Hanen Khabou

Primate foveola (central region of the retina) by Hanen Khabou

Top 10 winners of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition: 7th Place, Norm Barker

Human tear drop by Norm Barker

Top 10 winners of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition: 8th Place, Pia Scanlon

Portrait of “Sternochetus mangiferae” (mango seed weevil) by Pia Scanlon

Top 10 winners of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition: 9th Place, Dr. Haris Antonopoulos

Security hologram by Dr. Haris Antonopoulos

Top 10 winners of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition: 10th Place, Dr. Csaba Pintér

Stalks with pollen grains by Dr. Csaba Pintér

Now that you’ve seen Earth from below, view it from above with this year’s drone awards.


Source: https://hypebeast.com/2018/10/nikon-2018-small-world-photomicography-competition-winners

Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.

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