Winners of the 2009 Nikon Small World Competition photos

Winners of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, showcasing photography taken through a light microscope.

1st place: Heiti Paves from Tallinn University won the competition with this 20X zoom picture of the anther from a Arabidopsis thaliana (thale cress) plant. The anther is where pollen is produced.

2nd place: Gerd A. Guenther, from Dusseldorf in Germany snapped the Sonchus asper (spiny sowthistle) flower stem section with 150X zoom. It is a common roadside weed in the U.S.

3rd place: Pedro Barrios-Perez, from Ottowa, Canada captured this wrinkled photoresist with 200X zoom. Photoresists are light-sensitive materials used to create patterned coating on surfaces in photoengraving.

4th place: James E. Hayden, from Philadelphia took this picture of an Anglerfish ovary with 4X zoom. The deep sea fish lures prey with a light.

5th place: Bruno Vellutini, from Sao Paulo university in Brazil looked at the oral surface of a young seastar with a 40X zoom.

6th place: Havi Sarfaty, from Israel took this close-up of Discus fish scales with 20X zoom. They are native to the Amazon basin.

7th place: Shirley Owens from Michigan State University captured the hair-like trichomes on Thunbergia alata (Black-eyed Susan vine) with 450X zoom. The yellow-flowered plant is a herbaceous perennial climbing plant.

8th place: Lloyd Donaldson from New Zealand pictured these cotton fibres stained with berberine sulphate and color depth shaded with a 200X zoom.

9th place: Bernardo Cesare from Padova University in Italy created Olivine inclusions in gabbro (magmatic rock) with a 5X zoom. Olivine is a mineral made from magnesium, iron and silica.

10th place: Arlene Wechezak, Algae and diatoms (10X)

11th place: Dominik Paquet, “Alzheimer” Zebrafish, stained for Tau (red), neurons (green), and pathologic Tau (blue) (10X)

12th place: Tsutomu Seimiya, Flow pattern in draining soap film (10X)

Source - Nikon Small World

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