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Nanotechnology Makes a Small World Even Smaller

The winning image of the 30th Annual Nikon International Small World Competition represents a range of new possibilities using nanotechnolgy to transform our physical world in ways never before imagined. Out of 1,200 images submitted from around the globe, only twenty were selected for this year’s Small World Photomicrography exhibit. These winners will be recognized tonight at a twilight reception held at Good Morning America’s Studios in New York’s Times Square, where Nikon will debut the complete gallery of winning photos set to tour science and art museums across the nation beginning January 1, 2005.

The top three images include Mr. Seth Coe-Sullivan’s image, a spiderwort flower anther and immature pollen by Dr. Shirley Owens, of the Michigan State University Center for Advanced Microcopy, and an image of differentiating neuronal cells by Dr. Torsten Wittmann of The Scripps Research Institute of Cell Biology,

“This year’s 30th Anniversary of Small World recognizes the world’s best photomicrographers who make critically important scientific contributions to life sciences, bio-research and materials science. These winners stand on the cusp of a revolution in imaging technology that enable scientific professionals to deepen their research and share their results faster with other scientific professionals who, in turn, build upon their accomplishments. We are all beneficiaries of their scientific insights and artistic perceptions,” said Lee Shuett, executive vice president, Nikon Instruments. “The photomicrographs featured in the gallery of art demonstrate scientific
curiosity blended with extraordinary artistic sensibility.”

Nikon Instruments also announced today that it will kick off its Small World museum tour throughout the US in January. “The Nikon Small World Exhibit attracts thousands of people of all ages fascinated by these uniquely moving images,” said Eric Flem, communications manager, Nikon Instruments. “These photos allow us to share in the special moments of discovery that spark scientific curiosity, and can serve as inspiration to aspiring young scientists.”

The Nikon Small World 2004 distinguished panel of judges included Michael Davidson, of Florida State University, Michael Peres, Ph.D., of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Bonnie Stutski, photo editor of Smithsonian Magazine, Ellis Rubenstein, president of the New York Academy of Sciences, and Ted Salmon, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina.

ABOUT THE 2004 NIKON SMALL WORLD PHOTOMICROGRAPHY COMPETITION
Now in its 30th year, the Small World contest was founded in 1974 to recognize excellence in photography through the microscope. Each year, Nikon makes the winning images accessible to the public through the Nikon Small World calendar, a national museum tour, and an electronic gallery featured at http://www.nikonsmallworld.com. The competition’s reputation has grown over the years and is regarded as the leading forum for recognizing beauty and complexity as seen through the microscope. The Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in photomicrography. Participants may access entry forms and submit their images in traditional 35mm format, or upload digital images directly at MicroscopyU on the Nikon Web site (http://www.nikonusa.com). For additional information, contact Nikon Small World, Nikon Instruments Inc., 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747, USA or phone (631) 547-8569.

ABOUT NIKON INSTRUMENTS INC.
Nikon Instruments Inc., world leader in microscope and advanced digital imaging technology, is committed to providing its customers with quality products for bioscience research and industrial applications; high-performance semiconductor wafer handling and inspection equipment; and advanced high-speed, vision-based and optical measuring tools. For more information, visit the Nikon Web site at http://www.nikonusa.com. Product related inquiries can be directed to Nikon Instruments at 800-52-NIKON.