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Nikon’s Small World

Celebrating over 45 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.

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Apr 30, 2021

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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

Coalescing Micro-Droplets Win The 10th Annual Nikon Small World in Motion Competition

The video by Kazi Fazle Rabbi and Dr. Xiao Yan captures a phenomenon that often goes unnoticed but impacts many aspects of our lives: condensation and its impact on energy efficiency

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We’ve curated a selection of winning imagery to serve as backgrounds for your virtual meetings. Feel free to download your favorite backdrops and use on your next video conference call.

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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 profile features the first place winners of the 2020 Small World in Motion Video Competition.

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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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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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