Celebrating 41 Years of Excellence
in Photography Through the Microscope
The 2016 Nikon Small World calendar features the 20 winning digital images, 12 honorable mentions, and 56 images of distinction resulting from the 41th annual competition. This year’s contest drew entrants from a record 83 countries, as well as from a diverse range of academic and professional disciplines. Winners came from such fields as chemistry, biology, materials research, botany, and biotechnology.
2016 Nikon Small World Calendar
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Purchase the 2016 Calendar
The Nikon Small World 2016 Calendar is printed in full color on 8.5 x 11 semi-gloss paper and spiral bound for mounting on the wall. Included in the calendar are all of the top 20 prize winners, the 12 honorable mentions, and all 56 images of distinction. Winning entries include insect eyes, human microbiota in the colon, bladderwort, starfish, Mouse ear blood vessels and nerves, carnivorous plants, rotifers, Australian Grass seeds, horseshoe larva and plenty more found under the world of the microscope. Thumbnails of the winning images placed in the calendar are illustrated below. Click on any of the thumbnails to view larger sizes and information about the image.
Purchase the 2016 Calendar
The Nikon Small World Competition is open to anyone with an interest in photography (or digital imaging) through the microscope. Truly international in scope, entries have been received from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Winners have included both professionals and hobbyists.
The subject matter for this year’s contest is unrestricted and any type of light microscopy technique is acceptable, including phase contrast, polarized light, fluorescence, interference contrast, darkfield, confocal, deconvolution, multiphoton, and mixed techniques. Entries submitted to Nikon are then judged by an independent panel of experts who are recognized authorities in the area of photomicrography and photography. These entries are judged on the basis of originality, informational content, technical proficiency and visual impact.
Entries may be submitted either on film (in 35 millimeter transparency format) or uploaded digitally through your web browser. The links below provide options for entering the contest.
Digital Entries - Entrants may enter Nikon’s Small World Competition by uploading digital images directly to our servers. Before you begin, read the Contest Rules and prepare your images for uploading according to the instructions. You may also download a 2016 Competition Entry Form in portable document format (*.PDF) for submission of entries by mail.
Prize List - Winners will receive one of 20 prizes, sorted according to rank in the competition. First place is $3000 (US) toward the purchase of Nikon equipment at suggested retail selling prices in the USA. Honorable mention winners will receive an 16 x 20-inch print of their entries.
Exhibition Tour Schedule - An eclectic group of striking scientific images will soon have viewers asking “What is that?” at a museum near you. These twenty photographs, submitted by photomicrographers from around the globe, are winners of the 40th Annual Nikon Small World International Photomicrography Competition, and are touring 18 cities between October 2016 and January 2016.
Small World Photomicrography Gallery - The Nikon Small World Photomicrography Gallery gives you a glimpse into a world that most have never seen. It is a window into a universe that can only be seen through the lens of a microscope. Included in the Small World Gallery are images from the 2015 contest winners as well as the winners for the past 41 years, all the way back to the beginning of the competition.