Top 20 Microscope Photos of the Year

By Betsy Mason 



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


3rd Place

Zebrafish olfactory bulbs (250X), Confocal

Oliver Braubach, Department of Physiology & Biophysics, Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


4th Place

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

Riccardo Taiariol

La Spezia, SP, Italy


5th Place

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

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

Prague, Czech Republic


6th Place

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

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

Murdoch, Western Australia, Australia


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


8th Place

Cacoxenite (mineral) (18X), Reflected light

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

Benetusser, Valencia, Spain


9th Place

Ctenocephalides canis (flea) (20X) Fluorescence

Duane Harland, AgResearch Ltd.

Lincoln, New Zealand


10th Place

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

Yanping Wang, Beijing Planetarium

Beijing, China


11th Place

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

Paul D. Andrews, University of Dundee

Dundee, Scotland, UK


12th Place

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

Gregory Rouse, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

La Jolla, California


13th Place

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

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

Charleston, South Carolina


14th Place

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

Stephen Lowry, University of Ulster

Londonderry, UK


15th Place

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

Ralf Wagner

Düsseldorf, Germany


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


17th Place

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

Charles Krebs, Charles Krebs Photography

Issaquah, Washington


18th Place

Soap film (150X), Incident Brightfield

Gerd Guenther

Düsseldorf, NRW, Germany


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


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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