- The Nikon Small World competition highlights the best microscopic images taken each year.
- This year, the competition received over 2,000 applications from people in 90 countries.
- The winning 2020 image of a young zebrafish threaded with neon-orange lymph vessels reveals that the species could help researchers find a cure for brain disease.
- Other winning images include the tongue of a rainbow snail, a curved chameleon embryo and an intricate nylon sock net.
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If we have anything we have learned from the coronavirus pandemic, it is a newfound respect for the very, very little.
But as dangerous as the microscopic universe may seem, it is also rich in stunning shapes, bright colors, and often mysterious biological and physical processes.
In this spirit, Nikon has released the winners of Small World: the competition for the 46th camera microscopy or microscope photography.
Judges Dylan Burnett, Christoph Letterier, Samantha Clark, Sean Green and Ariel Waldman reviewed more than 2,000 articles by scientists, artists and amateurs from 90 countries around the world. All of them should be taken with microscopes using optical imaging techniques. These include the tongue of rainbow snails, a self-reproducing worm and ̵
Here are the best microscope photos of the year and what they show.