Microscopic wonders from Nikon
Reflected light image of Asian red palm weevil from Al Habshi in the United Arab Emirates [Nikon Small World]
This year's Nikon Small World photomicrography contest yet again reveals the beauty and scientific importance of micrographs.
This year marks the 44th competition; read on to discover the top three winners.
First place went to Al Habshi in the United Arab Emirates (above), who revealed the compound eye of a half-inch-long Asian red palm weevil, also known as Metapocyrtus subquadrulifer, decorated with brilliant green scales.
"Not all people appreciate small species, particularly insects," says Habashi. "Through photomicrography we can find a whole new, beautiful world which hasn't been seen before. It's like discovering what lies under the ocean's surface."
Rogelio Moreno Gill from Panama came second with a 10X autofluorescence image of Fern sorus, with structures producing and containing spores.
10X autofluorescence image of Fern sorus [Nikon Small World]
In third place was Saulius Gugis from Naperville, Illinois, US, with a Spittlebug nymph in its bubble house.
Spittlebug nymph in its bubble house [Nikon Small World]
Gugis used focus stacking to create the image, which as a 5X magnification.