Nikon recently revealed the winners of the 2020 Small World Photomicrography Competition. The contest encouraged photographers and scientists from all across the globe to submit stunning captures of living organisms and forces under a microscope. Over 2,000 entries were received from 90 countries for this year’s 46th edition.
Snapping up first place in the competition is Daniel Castranova for his intricate visual of a juvenile zebrafish. The image depicts a dorsal view of the head of the fish species with a colorfully fluorescent skeleton comprised of blue scales and an orange lymphatic system. Castranova developed the photo using confocal microscopy and image-stacking while working in the lab of Dr. Brant Weinstein, assisted by Bakary Samasa, at the National Institutes of Health in Rockville, Maryland.
Taking second and third place are Daniel Knop and Igor Siwanowicz. Knop captured an embryonic development of a clownfish over the course of nine days. For Siwanowicz’s submission, he lensed the tongue of a freshwater snail capturing the exquisite beauty of the creature’s form that is invisible to the naked eye.
View several winning photos from Nikon’s 2020 Small World Photomicrography Competition in the slideshow above and learn more here.