Micrasterias rotata (a desmid) undergoing cell division
15th Place, 2004 Photomicrography Competition
Wim van Egmond

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

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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Tellus Science Museum "Ask the Expert"

On Wednesday, February 10, 2021, microscopist, geologist and former Nikon Small World winner, Julian Gray, conducted a Facebook Live presentation where he discussed his photomicrographs and imaging process (via Tellus Science Museum, Cartersville, Georgia).

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Masters of Microscopy

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

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Masters of Microscopy

The first place winner of the 2020 Small World Photomicrography Competition discusses his work in Dr. Brant Weinstein’s lab at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (part of the NIH).

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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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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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