10 Amazing Microscopic Images

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All of the following images, over the course of several years, were entered into the annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography competition. It is amazing how beautiful even the most ugly subject matter can be when examined close-up.

1
House Fly (6.25x)

House Fly (6.25x)
You can practically hear him buzzing!

This Muscoid fly (house fly) was photographed by Charles B. Krebs. It won 1st prize in the 2005 competition. (Source | Photo)


2
HeLa (Cancer Cells) (300x)

HeLa (Cancer Cells) (300x)
Who knew such an ugly thing as cancer could look so beautiful under a microscope?

Photographed by Thomas J. Deerinck, this image won 12th place in the 2011 competition. (Source | Photo)


3
Sand (4x)

Sand (4x)
Think about this photo next time you're on the beach.

Photographed by Yanping Wang, this image won 14th place in the 2011 competition.

(Source | Photo)


4
Daphnia Magna (freshwater water flea) (100x)

Daphnia Magna (freshwater water flea) (100x)
Dare we say... this flea almost looks cute?

This image was photographed by Joan Röhl. It won 10th place in the 2011 competition. (Source | Photo)


5
Snowflake (7x)

Snowflake (7x)
Beautiful!

Photographed by Manuela Schaper, this image won 16th place in the 2001 competition. (Source | Photo)


6
Tip of a Butterfly Tongue (720x)

Tip of a Butterfly Tongue (720x)
Wow. Just... wow.

Stephen S. Nagy, MD took this photo of a butterfly tongue, which earned an honorable mention in the 2011 competition. (Source | Photo)


7
Human Brain Sections (63x)

Human Brain Sections (63x)
Photographed by Dr. María Prado-Figueroa, this image shows sections of a human brain, magnified 63 times. This image won an honorable mention in the 2010 contest. (Source | Photo)


8
Geranium Flower (20x)

Geranium Flower (20x)
This image was taken by Shamuel Silberman and earned 15th place in the Nikon 2005 competition. (Source | Photo)


9
Bubble Plastic Wrap Injected with Ink

Bubble Plastic Wrap Injected with Ink
This is the only image on our list which is not natural, but it's so artistic that we had to include it.

Photographed by Carole Cliff, this image won 19th place in the 2000 competition. (Photo)


10
Ant Head, Frontal View (10x)

Ant Head, Frontal View (10x)
Sweet dreams!

Photographed by Dr. Jan Michels, this image won 11th place in the Nikon Small World competition. (Source | Photo)

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