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Tim has been interested in photography for many years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Master's in Environmental Science. Writing nature articles allows him to combine his interest in photography and nature into one medium.

Nikon Small World Photomicrography Contest Top 10 Winners


On October 30th, Nikon announced the winners of their 2013 “Small World Photomicrography Contest“.  This is the 39th anniversary of the contest and was won by Wim Van Egmond of the Netherlands.  According to the Nikon Small World website, “Winning images were selected for displaying both artistic quality and masterful scientific technique”.

I would like to thank Nikon for allowing me to post these fantastic photos on the Nature Photo Journal website.  If you are a photomicrograher, please consider entering the 2014 contest – it is open to “anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography”.  Follow this link to enter or learn more about the 2014 contest

So, without further ado, take a look at these amazing top 10 winning images from the contest.  In a later post, I’ll probably include the next 10, as well as several of the “Honorable Mentions” and “Imagines of Distinction” .


Mr. Wim van Egmond
1st Place
Micropolitan Museum
Berkel en Rodenrijs, Zuid Holland, The Netherlands
Chaetoceros debilis (marine diatom), a colonial plankton organism
Differential Interference Contrast, Image Stacking
courtesy of Nikon Small World


Dr. Joseph Corbo
2nd Place
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Chrysemys picta (painted turtle) retina
Differential Interference Contrast
courtesy of Nikon Small World

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Dr. Alvaro Esteves Migotto
3rd Place
Universidade de São Paulo, Centro de Biologia Marinha
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Marine worm
Stereomicroscopy, Darkfield
courtesy of Nikon Small World


Mr. Rogelio Moreno Gill
4th Place
Panama City, Panamá
Paramecium sp. showing the nucleus, mouth and water expulsion vacuoles
Differential Interference Contrast
courtesy of Nikon Small World

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Dr. Kieran Boyle
5th Place
University of Glasgow, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Hippocampal neuron receiving excitatory contacts
Fluorescence and Confocal
courtesy of Nikon Small World


Miss Dorit Hockman
6th Place
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK
Chamaeleo calyptratus (veiled chameleon), embryo showing cartilage (blue) and bone (red)
courtesy of Nikon Small World


Dr. Jan Michels
7th Place
Institute of Zoology, Functional Morphology and Biomechanics, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Kiel, Germany
Adhesive pad on a foreleg of Coccinella septempunctata (ladybird beetle)
Confocal, Autofluorescence
courtesy of Nikon Small World


Ms. Magdalena Turzańska
8th Place
University of Wrocław
Institute of Experimental Biology, Department of Plant Developmental Biology, University of Wrocław
Wrocław, Poland
Barbilophozia sp. (a leafy liverwort, bryophyte plant) and cyanobacteria
Epi-autofluorescence under UV light, z-stack reconstruction
courtesy of Nikon Small World


Mr. Mark A. Sanders
9th Place
University Imaging Centers, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Insect wrapped in spider web
Confocal, Autofluorescence, Image Stacking
courtesy of Nikon Small World


Mr. Ted Kinsman
10th Place
Department of Imaging and Photo Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York, USA
Thin section of a dinosaur bone preserved in clear agate
Focus Stacking
courtesy of Nikon Small World

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