2010 Photomicrography Competition

Wasp nest

Riccardo Taiariol

La Spezia, SP, Italy

Extended Depth of Field, Stereomicroscopy


One of the great things about the Nikon Small World competition is you don’t have to be a science expert to submit an image and be selected as a winner. A lawyer from Italy, Riccardo Taiariol proves this with his beautiful image of a wasp nest, magnified 10x.

Microscopy is a hobby to Riccardo. He generally looks to take pictures of protozoa, flowers and insects, which are relatively easy to find for those who are not scientists by trade.

Riccardo notes the image is significant because it “shows the hard job the insect had to do in order to build it.” It was taken using field stereomicroscopy.