Top 20 Microscope Photos of the Year

By Betsy Mason 

01-king

02-otsuna

2nd Place

5-day old zebrafish head (20X), Confocal

Dr. Hideo Otsuna, University of Utah Medical Center, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy

Salt Lake City, Utah

03-braubach

3rd Place

Zebrafish olfactory bulbs (250X), Confocal

Oliver Braubach, Department of Physiology & Biophysics, Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

04-taiariol

4th Place

Wasp nest (10X), Extended Depth of Field Stereomicroscopy

Riccardo Taiariol

La Spezia, SP, Italy

05-sykora

5th Place

Strelitzia reginae (bird of paradise) seed (10X) Darkfield

Viktor Sykora, Institute of Pathophysiology, First Medical Faculty, Charles University

Prague, Czech Republic

06-huisman

6th Place

Martensia sp. (red seaweed), living specimen (40X), Brightfield

John Huisman, Murdoch University, School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology

Murdoch, Western Australia, Australia

07-shan

7th Place

Endothelial cell attached to synthetic microfibers, stained with microtubules, F-actin and nuclei (2500X), Fluorescence, Confocal

Yongli Shan, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas, Texas

08-cocera-la-parra

8th Place

Cacoxenite (mineral) (18X), Reflected light

Honorio Cocera-La Parra, Geology Museum, University of Valencia

Benetusser, Valencia, Spain

09-harland

9th Place

Ctenocephalides canis (flea) (20X) Fluorescence

Duane Harland, AgResearch Ltd.

Lincoln, New Zealand

10-wang

10th Place

Crystallized soy sauce (16X), Reflected and Transmitted Light

Yanping Wang, Beijing Planetarium

Beijing, China

11-andrews

11th Place

Telophase HeLa (cancer) cells expressing Aurora B-EGFP (green) (100X), Deconvolution

Paul D. Andrews, University of Dundee

Dundee, Scotland, UK

12-rouse

12th Place

Juvenile bivalve mollusc, Lima sp. (10X), Darkfield

Gregory Rouse, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

La Jolla, California

13-nicholson

13th Place

Orange Fungia (mushroom coral), live specimen (166X), Fluorescence

James Nicholson, NOAA NOS NCCOS Coral Culture and Collaborative Research Facility

Charleston, South Carolina

14-lowry

14th Place

Spiral vessels from banana plant stem (32X), Polarized light

Stephen Lowry, University of Ulster

Londonderry, UK

15-wagner

15th Place

Divaricatic acid from Evernia divaricata (lichen), recrystallized from acetone (10X), Polarized light

Ralf Wagner

Düsseldorf, Germany

16-markus

16th Place

Mirabilis jalapa (four o’clock flower) stigma with pollen (100X), Epifluorescence and 3D reconstruction

Robert Markus, Institute of Genetics, Biological Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Szeged, Hungary

17-krebs

17th Place

Ichneumon wasp compound eye and antenna base (40X), Reflected (Episcopic) Light Illumination

Charles Krebs, Charles Krebs Photography

Issaquah, Washington

18-guenther

18th Place

Soap film (150X), Incident Brightfield

Gerd Guenther

Düsseldorf, NRW, Germany

19-johnson

19th Place

Wistar rat retina outlining the retinal vessel network and associated communication channels (100X), Confocal

Cameron Johnson, The University of Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

20-hart

20th Place

Crystallized melt of sulfur and acetanilide (10X), Transmitted

John Hart, Hart3D Films and Deptartment of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Univ. Colorado, Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

 

The subject of this year’s top microscope photo in the 36th annual Nikon Small World competition looks more like neon suspension bridges or sailboats than what it really is: mosquito heart muscle magnified 100 times.

Images: Courtesy of Nikon Small World

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