Science & Technology

See the Jaw-Dropping Winners of the 2018 Nikon Small World in Motion Competition

A change in perspective can completely transform the way you view the world, and that's as true metaphorically as it is literally. In the case of the Nikon International Small World in Motion Competition, it's the latter: Participants submit movie clips or time-lapse photography taken through a microscope. And the results are unreal.

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The Nikon International Small World Competition started in 1975 as a way to celebrate photomicrographers, or people who produce microscope photography. It wasn't until 2011 that the competition started accepting moving pictures: The 37th annual competition introduced Small World in Motion as its newest category, and invited people to submit movies or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope.

Because the entries are allowed to be of any subject and taken with any type of light microscopy, the competition ends up being beautifully diverse, full of microscopic critters and chemical reactions and other small-scale phenomena. A panel of judges, this year made up of scientists, journalists, and video producers, chooses the top five winners. Check them out below.

5th Place

The dynamics of the actin cell skeleton in a mouse B lymphocyte after it has been activated on glass coated with stimulating substrates by Dr. Jia Chao Wang

4th Place

Daphnia water flea giving birth by Dr. Wim van Egmond

3rd Place

Polychaete worm of the Syllidae family by Rafael Martín-Ledo

2nd Place

Laser propagating inside a soap membrane by Dr. Miguel A. Bandres & Anatoly Patsyk

1st Place

Zebrafish embryo growing its elaborate sensory nervous system (visualized over 16 hours of development) by Dr. Elizabeth M. Haynes and Jiaye "Henry" He

See all of the winners, including some striking honorable mentions, on the competition page.

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Written by Ashley Hamer September 28, 2018

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