Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
Honorable Mention, 2003 Photomicrography Competition
Ian Walker

Nikon’s Small World

Celebrating 46 years of images captured by the light microscope.

Nikon’s Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. The Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography. The video competition, entitled Small World In Motion encompasses any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope.

The 2021 Competitions Are Now Closed

Stay tuned for updates regarding the judging and announcement of winners.

Photomicrography Competition

The Nikon Small World Competition first began in 1975 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Since then, Small World has become a leading showcase for photomicrographers from the widest array of scientific disciplines.

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Video Competition

In 2011, Nikon announced that it would begin accepting movies taken through the microscope as a new category in the 37th annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. This new category, titled Small World in Motion, encompasses any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope and adds a new, distinct discipline to the competition.

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Small World News

Nikon Announces Judging Panel for the 47th Annual Nikon Small World Competition

Five expert judges will evaluate entries from around the world to select this year’s winning microscopy images and movies.

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A Virtual Glimpse Into Microscopic Life

On Friday, February 12, The Wistar Institute hosted a virtual Nikon Small World event highlighting the intersection between science and art through photomicrography featuring the authors of three winning images from the 2020 Nikon Small World photomicrography competition.

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Masters of Microscopy

A profile of multiple-time Nikon Small World winner, Charles Krebs.

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Meet the Judges

Get to know the 2021 Small World and Small World in Motion judging panel.

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Video Conference Backgrounds

We’ve curated a selection of Nikon Small World Competition imagery to serve as backgrounds for your video conference calls. Feel free to download your favorite backdrops and use on your next virtual meeting.

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Nikon Instruments

Nikon Instruments is a leader in microscope-based optical and imaging technologies for the life sciences and part of the Nikon Healthcare Business Division.

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