As usual, the Nikon International Small World Competition has produced another breathtaking gallery of photomicrographs. Here are some of my favorites, but you have to visit the galleries to see all of the winners, honorable mentions, and images of distinction:
This year’s winner is a fluorescence image of Anopheles gambiae (mosquito) heart (100x) taken by Jonas King from the Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee, USA). Courtesy of Nikon Small World.
This darkfield image of a Juvenile bivalve mollusc, Lima sp. (10x) was taken by Dr. Gregory Rouse of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (La Jolla, California, USA) and came in 12th place in the competition. Courtesy of Nikon Small World.
This is a deconvoluted image of Telophase HeLa cells expressing Aurora B-EGFP (100x) taken by Paul D. Andrews of the University of Dundee (Dundee, Scotland, UK) and placed 11th in the competition. Courtesy of Nikon Small World.
This darkfield image of Strelitzia reginae (bird of paradise) seed (10x) was taken by Viktor Sykora in the Institute of Pathophysiology, First Medical Faculty, Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic) and placed 5th in the competition. Courtesy of Nikon Small World.
This fluorescence image of a Ctenocephalides canis (flea) (20x) was taken by Duane Harland at AgResearch Ltd. (Lincoln, New Zealand) and placed 9th in the competition. Courtesy of Nikon Small World.
This darkfield image of a four cell stage Echinaster brasiliensis (starfish) embryo (60x) was taken by Alvaro Migotto in the Centro de Biologia Marinha at the Universidade de São Paulo (São Paulo, SP, Brazil). Courtesy of Nikon Small World.
Another personal favorite of mine is this confocal image of GFP expressing Aspergilis niger (40x) taken by Gerda Lamers in the Institute Biology Leiden, Leiden University (Leiden, The Netherlands). Courtesy of Nikon Small World.
If you like these and are looking to spruce up the lab, Nikon is also selling a calendar featuring the 2010 winners plus many of the other images featured in the gallery.