1st Place, Dr. Oscar Ruiz
Mention the words "nature photography," and many people think of sweeping skies, expansive mountain vistas, or a seemingly endless stretch of open ocean.
Big views are certainly impressive. But sometimes, when it comes to capturing the unique and remarkable beauty that nature has to offer, you have to think small.
For Nikon's annual "Small World" photo competition, thinking small is the name of the game. Photographers peered closely at animals, plants and fungi; they pinpointed details too small to be seen with the naked eye, using microscopes' and cameras' magnifying lenses to reveal astonishingly delicate and unusual structures. The best of the Nikon Small World bunch were announced today (Oct. 19) — here are the top winners. [Read the full story about the 2016 Nikon Small World contest]
Garnering 1st place in the Nikon Small World 2016 contest, Dr. Oscar Ruiz from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, captured this four-day-old zebra fish with a confocal lens at 10x magnification.