Nikon Small World 2014

Nikon will be announcing the winners of the 2014 Small World Photomicrography Competition on October 30. As a preview of the announcement, they've shared some of the unranked images from this year's competition with us here. Celebrating its 40th year, the contest invites photographers and scientists to submit images of all things visible under a microscope. More than 1,200 entries were received this year. Enjoy a trip into a miniature world through the images below, all from the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition.
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1. Mite in a small forest.




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2. Appendages of a common brine shrimp.




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3. Active fluid flow around P. damicornis coral polyp.




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4. Ant nymph.




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5. Conochilus unicornis (rotifer), actively feeding.




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6. Ant eye.




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7. Salivary gland cells from a fruit fly showing cell boundaries [white] and genomic DNA [red].




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8. Chlorophyll fluorescence of the symbiotic zooxanthellae (dinoflagellate algae of the genus Symbiodinium) living inside the cells of a sea anemone (Aiptasia pallida).




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9. Tradescantia zebrina (wandering jew) leaf stomata.




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10. Nowellia curvifolia (leafy liverwort) gametophyte, berberine stained.




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11. Flower embryo.




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12. A bed bug, Cimex lectularius.




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13. Leptothorax acervorum (ant) carrying its larva.




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14. Chrysochroa buqueti (jewel beetle) carapace, near eye.




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15. Tigriopus californicus (copepod), couple, lateral view.




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16. Live zebrafish embryo at 22 hours post-fertilization.




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17. Image of a mouse retina showing astrocytes (green) and blood vessel (purple). Astrocytes wrap blood vessels within the retina to form the blood-retina-barrier.




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18. Vespula vulgaris (common wasp) stinger.




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19. Nowellia curvifolia (leafy liverwort) gametophyte, berberine stained.




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20. Ceriodaphnia sp. (water flea).




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21. Eupholus sp. (beetle) Coleoptera Curculionidae.




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22. Caterpillar proleg with circle of gripping hooks in red.




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23. Myrmecolax sp. head, ventral view.




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24. Solea sp. (fish) scale, polarized light.




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25. Paramecium division.




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26. Suction-cup hairs on foreleg tarsus of male Dineutus mellyi (whirligig beetle).