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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.