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Nikon Small World 2011 - 
The World’s Top Women Photomicrographers

Toronto Star Picture Editor Wanda Goodwin shares more 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.

Today photos are from 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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Dr. Donna Stolz
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Blade of Grass (200X) 
Confocal stack reconstruction, Autofluorescence



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Dr. Denise Montell
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland
Whole Drosophila sp. (fruit fly) ovary



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Debora Leite
University of Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sugarcane root cross section



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Roberta Nowak
The Scripps Research Institute
San Diego, California
Mouse embryonic skeletal muscle and red blood cells, frozen section
Confocal Laser Microscopy



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Poulomi Ray
Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina, USA 
Chick embryo intestine (20X)



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Yanping Wang
Beijing Planetarium
Beijing, China
Sand (4X) 
Reflected light



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Yanping Wang
Beijing Planetarium
Beijing, China
Snowflake (4X)
Reflected and transmitted light



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Dr. Ana Pasapera
Bethesda, Maryland
Human Osteosarcoma cells (U2OS)



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Dr. Maria Prado-Figueroa
INIBIBB (CONICET - Universidad Nacional del Sur)
Bahía Blanca, Brazil
Chalcedony (microcrystalline silica) isolated from Torpediniformes (electric fish) electric organ



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Dr. Irina Catrina
Hunter College
New York, New York
Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) sperm individualization, fixed



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Dr. Mariela Loschi
Fundación Instituto Leloir
Buenos Aires, Brazil
Stressed COS-7 cells
Confocal microscopy





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God is the supreme artist, just look at those shapes, textures, colours and lines. Beautiful.

Wow - these are incredible...amazing!!

NATURE is the supreme artist..... just sayin'.

Those grains of sand are amazing!

Nature is the supreme artist, just look at those shapes, textures, colours and lines. Beautiful

GLORIOUS!!! How amazing!!!

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