Each year, the Nikon Small World judging panel is selected with great care. The team behind the competition looks for individuals to make up the panel that represent a unique combination of skills, backgrounds, and talents in science, art, and communication. The panel is tasked with selecting the best of the thousands of microscopy photos and videos that are submitted from around the globe. They evaluate each photo and video based on technical prowess, scientific significance, it’s unique beauty, and it’s power to tell a story to the viewer. Their aim is to pick images that prompt curiosity, inspire others, and perfectly blend science and artistry.