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Nikon Small World 2011 - The Lives Within a Drop of Water



Toronto Star Picture Editor Wanda Goodwin shares these fascinating images from The Nikon Small World Competition. Celebrating its 37th year, Nikon Small World is the oldest and most respected competition of its kind. It has become the top forum for showing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope, and it celebrates the world's best photomicrographers who create beautiful imagery while demonstrating a variety of scientific disciplines.

The Lives within a Drop of Water - are images from this year’s competition showing the diversity and activity found within a single drop of water.

Come back tomorrow for the next installment of Nikon Small World - Women Photomicrographers - The World’s Top Women Photomicographers – images from the number of female winners included in this year’s competition across all levels of prizing.



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John Gaynes
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
3 day post-fertilization zebrafish embryo



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Dr. Andrew Gillis
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK
Chiloscyllium plagiosum (Whitespotted bamboo shark), embryonic pectoral fin
Stereomicroscopy with fiber optic lighting



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Joan Röhl
Institute for Biochemistry and Biology
Potsdam, Germany
Daphnia magna (freshwater water flea) (100X) 
Differential Interference Contrast



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Dr. Ralf Wagner
Düsseldorf, Germany
Daphnia sp. (water flea) and Volvox sp. (green algae)
Darkfield, flash




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Dr. John H. Brackenbury
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK
Water droplet containing a pair of mosquito larvae
Laser-triggered high-speed macrophotography



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Dr. Carlos Alberto Muñoz
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Alona sp. (crustacean) mounted in Canada Balsam with crystals and other artifacts
Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast




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Wolfgang Bettighofer
Kiel, Germany
Closterium lunula (green alga), living specimen from a bog pond
Differential Interference Contrast



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Jonathan Franks
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Algae biofilm 
Confocal, autofluorescence



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Frank Fox
Fachhochschule Trier
Trier, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Melosira moniliformis, living specimen (320X) 
Differential Interference Contrast



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Gerd A. Guenther
Duesseldorf, Germany
Nassula ornata (freshwater ciliate), conjugation, living specimens (630X)
Differential Interference Contrast



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Michael Shribak/ Dr. Irina Arkhipova 
Marine Biological Laboratory
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Philodina roseola (bdelloid rotifer), live specimen
Video-enhanced polychromatic polarized light



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Wim van Egmond
Micropolitan Museum
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Leptodora kindtii (giant waterflea) eye; living specimen
Differential Interference Contrast



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Charles Krebs
Charles Krebs Photography
Issaquah, Washington, USA
Hydra sp. capturing water flea (40X)



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Dr. Jan Michels
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Kiel, Germany
Temora longicornis (marine copepod), ventral view (10X) 
Confocal, Autofluorescence and Congo Red Fluorescence




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Breath-taking images! The world is indeed full of small wonders.



It amazes me that there is so much life around us that we do not see with the naked eye......Stunning

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