`` Nikon's Small World 2019 '' award-winning work announced that captured a fantastic and beautiful micro world with a microscope
The Nikon-sponsored “ Small World ” competition, which competes for photo visuals by photographing the microscopic world with an optical microscope, was celebrated for the 45th time in the 2019 competition. The results of Small World's 2019 photography department have been announced, and winning works that capture the fantastic and beautiful micro world have been released.
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◆ First place: Fluorescent turtle embryo
The first place in FY2019 was “Fluorescent Turtle Embryo” taken by Teresa Zgoda and Teresa Kugler who studied embryology at the Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratory using an experimental microscope. The turtle embryo used for the photo was more than 1 inch thick, and only a small part could be taken at a time with a 5x magnification lens. They took hundreds of images, stacked and stitched together to complete this image.
# 2: Color-coded single-cell freshwater protozoa
A single-cell freshwater protozoan photograph by Dr. Igor Siwanowicz, who belongs to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute , a nonprofit medical research institution in the United States, ranked second. This photo is color-coded by depth, and the organs located inside the protozoa are colored blue and red. You can see that the outer shell also has an orange or yellow gradation depending on the depth. The magnification of the lens used for shooting is 40x.
◆ 3rd place: Crocodile embryo developing nerve and skeleton
The third place is a developing crocodile embryo photographed by Daniel Smith Paredes of Yale University and Dr. Bhart-Anjan S. Bhullar. The crocodile embryo uses a fluorescent antibody method that uses fluorescent dyes to determine the location of antigens and antibodies in cells. If you look at a picture taken with a lens with a magnification of 10 times, you can see that nerves like the fibers are projected everywhere, and the nerve density of the mouth and hands is high.
◆ 4th place: Male mosquito
In the fourth place is a picture of a male mosquito. The photographer is Jan Rosenboom from the University of Rostock, Germany. Using a 6.3x lens, you can check the mosquito's tactile sensation and each compound eye. In addition, mosquitoes only stab a person to suck blood and males eat flower nectar and spend their entire lives.
◆ 5th place: Snow crystals
Snowflake photographed by photographer Caleb Foster in Vermont, USA, took 5th place. When a snow crystal grows in a plane direction, three hydrogen molecules are attached to one oxygen atom by a covalent bond and a hydrogen bond in the ice crystal. The crystal then grows in three directions with hydrogen atoms attached to form a beautiful hexagon. The magnification of the lens used for shooting was 4x.
◆ 6th place: Hakuho
The photo of a spider taken by Spain's Javier Rupérez ranked 6th. Spiders are unknown to specific species, and are only written as 'white haired spiders'. It uses a 20x lens and is a single piece created by overlaying multiple images.
◆ 7th place: Red carnation stamen
The seventh place is a carnation stamen taken by Dr. Guillermo López López of Spain. A stamen that protrudes toward the front of the screen is photographed, and a petal is blurred on the far side of the screen. The magnification of the lens was 3x.
◆ 8th place: Frozen water drops
A photo that is too fantastic, like a wave of light coming to the center, is 'frozen water drops' taken by Garzon Christian in France. It seems that a lens with a magnification of 8 times was used.
◆ 9th: Tulip bud cross section
Ukrainian Andrei Savitsky photographed a cut surface of a tulip bud. The petals before they are opened are wrapped around and the stamens inside are cut like a butterfly. The magnification was 1x.
◆ 10th place: End-dividing bovine pulmonary artery endothelial cells
Ranked No. 10 was the micro world shot by Jason M. Kirk, who belongs to Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, USA, using a lens with a high magnification of 63x. Bovine pulmonary artery endothelium (BPAE) is the last stage of cell division.
◆ 11th: Drosophila ovaries stained
The Drosophila ovary, taken by Dr. Yujun Chen and Dr. Jocelyn McDonald of the Department of Biology at Kansas State University, is ranked 11th. F-actin is colored yellow, nuclei are green, and follicular cells are colored red, so it looks like a bud waiting for flowering or an insect egg. The magnification of the lens is 10 times.
◆ 12th place: Mosquito larva
The 12th place was a mosquito larva taken by Anne Algar from England. It is said that the photo using a 4x lens is superimposed, so that the built-in can be seen firmly through fine hair and transparent skin.
◆ 13th place: Crystal of hematite
The artificially connected cubes that appear to have emerged from the science fiction world are crystals of chalcopyrite taken by Dr. Emilio Carabajal Márquez in Spain. Shot with a 20x lens.
◆ 14th place: Female Spider Spider
The photo of Oxyopes dumonti, a species of the spider family , was in 14th place. The photographer is Antoine Franck, who belongs to CIRAD , the French International Agriculture Research Bureau. It was taken with a lens with a magnification of 1x, and you can see the leaf on which the spider is on. It looks like 8 eyes are staring at me.
◆ 15th place: Daphnia magna during pregnancy
Polish photographer Marek Miś took a photo of a pregnant daphnia. Eggs are stored on the back side of Daphnia. The lens used for shooting was 4x.
◆ 16th place: Housefly compound eye pattern
The photo that appears to have black and orange balls lined up is a compound eye pattern of the house fly. The photo taken with a 50x lens is by Dr. Razvan Cornel Constantin, Romania.
◆ 17th: Vitamin C
Ranked 17th was a photo of vitamin C taken by Karl Deckart from Germany. Vitamin C is a nutrient related to collagen synthesis, and if vitamin C deficiency continues, collagen cannot be synthesized normally, resulting in scurvy . One sheet of vitamin C that looks like feathers was shot using a lens with a magnification of 4x.
◆ 18th place: Cristobalite crystal hanging on quartz
E. Billie Hughes from Thailand photographed a mineral called cristobalite (quartzite) in quartz. It ’s like a mushroom-like cristobalite crystal floating in the sky.
◆ 19th place: Octopus embryo
Martyna Lukoseviciute of Oxford University and Dr. Carrie Albertin photographed an octopus embryo called California Two-Spot Octopus. Although it is a juvenile, it already looks like an octopus and you can see 8 legs. It seems that he uses a 5x lens.
◆ 20th place: Mouse blood vessels in the heart
A collaboration between Simon Merz, Lea Bornemann, and Sebastian Korste at the Essen University Hospital is a picture of the blood vessels surrounding the heart of a mouse that died of a heart attack. It seems that tissues other than blood vessels have been removed for photography. The lens was doubled.
In addition to the award-winning works from 1st to 20th introduced, there are many photos on the official page as “Honorable Mentions” and “Images of Distinction”.
2019 Photomicrography Competition | Nikon's Small World