The contest honors the best small-scale scientific photography of the year.
Each year, Nikon honors the best scientific photography on a micro scale with the Nikon Small World
contest, awarding the most impressive images taken through a microscope with up to $3000 towards new camera equipment. The top images will also be part of a national museum tour.
This year’s winning image—taken by Oscar Ruiz
of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center—is of a 4-day-old zebrafish embryo. Ruiz is using timelapse photography to study the development of the zebrafish face, hoping to gain insight into the cellular changes involved in facial deformities.
The top 11 winning images can be seen below, but check out more winning images on Nikon’s Instagram
, and stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s video winners on December 7.