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9th Place, 2018 Photomicrography Competition
Haris Antonopoulos

Nikon’s Small World

Celebrating 44 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 2019 Competitions Are Now Closed

We will begin collecting entries for the 2020 competitions soon.


Photomicrography Competition

The Nikon International 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 Instruments Announces Judges for 45th Nikon Small World Competition

The judges will review microscopy submissions from thousands of entrants across the globe hoping to earn a top spot in the competition.

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Small World Exhibit Tour

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Masters of Microscopy

The scientists, artists, researchers, educators and everyday curious individuals who uncover the fascinating microscopic world around us. Our latest edition profiles thirteen-time Small World winner Dr. Igor Siwanowicz.

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MicroscopyU

Nikon's MicroscopyU website features technical support and timely information about all aspects of optical microscopy, photomicrography, and digital imaging.

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