Nikon Instruments Launches Online Game With Winning Small World Images

Nikon Instruments is giving the public the chance to test its skills and interact with microscopic images typically only viewed by scientists with its new online game, “Identify the Image.” The game gives players a series of five 2008 Nikon Small World finalist images and asks them to correctly identify each photomicrograph. Players are then graded based on their performance.

The series of images, which will be updated with a new set of five images daily, is a sneak sampling of winning images from the 2008 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. The game is available on the Nikon Small World Web site at

“We wanted to offer people a fun way to interact with these spectacular images,” said Eric Flem, Communications Manager, Nikon Instruments. “For the public, we hope this game sparks interest in things scientific and helps people better understand the breadth and depth of microscopy.”

The oldest and most respected competition of its kind, Nikon Small World celebrates the world’s best photomicrographers who create beautiful imagery while showing an understanding of advanced scientific disciplines. Nikon Small World recognizes photomicrographers for their achievements in capturing dynamic images at the intersection of science and art. Over the past 34 years, the competition has become the preeminent forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. It has received international recognition in both the science community and among art and photography lovers.

The Nikon Small World Competition winners will be announced at an event on October 15. For additional information, please visit


Nikon Instruments Inc is a world leader in the development and manufacture of optical and digital imaging technology for biomedical and industrial applications. Now in its 90th year, Nikon provides complete optical systems that offer optimal versatility, performance and productivity. Cutting-edge instruments include microscopes, precision measuring equipment, digital imaging products and software. Nikon Instruments is the microscopy and digital imaging arm of Nikon Inc., the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology. For more information, visit Product-related inquiries may be directed to Nikon Instruments at 800-52-NIKON.