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Prize-Winning Photos Taken Through a Microscope

Small World Contest Winner

(Image credit: Wim van Egmond)

Nikon’s Small World competition honors images of objects too small for the unaided eye to see. Wim van Egmond, a photographer from The Netherlands, won first place in the 2013 contest for his image of Chaetoceros debilis, a colonial diatom.

2nd Prize Winner

(Image credit: Joseph Corbo)

This year's 2nd prize went to Joseph Corbo, for his photo of a painted turtle's retina, the light-sensitive membrane inside the eye.

3rd Prize Winner

(Image credit: Alvaro Migotto)

Alvaro Migotto, a researcher at the University of São Paulo, took home 3rd prize for his magnified image of a marine worm.

4th Prize Winner

(Image credit: Rogelio Moreno Gill)

Rogelio Moreno Gill created this photo of a Paramecium, showing the nucleus, mouth and water expulsion vacuoles.

5th Prize Winner

(Image credit: Kieran Boyle)

Kieran Boyle's award-winning image shows a hippocampal neuron receiving excitatory contacts.

6th Prize Winner

(Image credit: Dorit Hockman)

Dorit Hockman is credited for this amazing view of a veiled chameleon embryo, showing cartilage in blue and bone in red.

7th Prize Winner Ladybird Beetle

(Image credit: Jan Michels)

You've never seen a ladybug like this. Nikon’s 2013 Small World microphotography competition's 7th place prize went to Jan Michels, who took this image of an adhesive pad on a foreleg of ladybird beetle, or Coccinella septempunctata.

Megan Gannon
Megan has been writing for Live Science and Space.com since 2012. Her interests range from archaeology to space exploration, and she has a bachelor's degree in English and art history from New York University. Megan spent two years as a reporter on the national desk at NewsCore. She has watched dinosaur auctions, witnessed rocket launches, licked ancient pottery sherds in Cyprus and flown in zero gravity. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.