Macro photography is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects and living organisms like insects for example. Once you try taking photos of the micro universe that is all around us, but we don’t notice it in the everyday life, chances are you gonna fall in love with this kind of photos and you won’t be able to stop exploring.
In the gallery below is a collection of this year’s winners of the macro photography contest at Nikon small world photomicrography competition. If you are already into this, you can check out some of the greatest examples, and if you are not, I’m sure you’ll get inspired to dive into the small world of photomicrography and start exploring it yourself. Enjoy.
1. Jumping spider by Emre Can Alagöz. Reflected light, 6x magnification.
2. Daddy longlegs eye by Charles B. Krebs. Reflected Light and Image Stacking, 20x magnification.
3. Plastic fracturing on credit card hologram by Steven Simon. Oblique Illumination, 10x magnification. 11th place.
4. Individually labeled axons in an embryonic chick ciliary ganglion by Dr. Ryo Egawa. Confocal, Tissue Clearing, Brainbow (labeling technique), 30x magnification. 7th place.
5. Growing cartilage-like tissue in the lab using bone stem cells (collagen fibers in green and fat deposits in red) by Catarina Moura, Dr. Sumeet Mahajan, Dr. Richard Oreffo & Dr. Rahul Tare. Second Harmonic Generation (SHG), Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS), 20x magnification for collagen; 40x magnification for fat deposits. 9th place.
6. Tapeworm everted scolex by Teresa Zgoda. Confocal, 200x magnification. 4th place.
7. Dyed human hair by Harald K. Andersen. Darkfield, 40x magnification. 17th place.
8. The Winner! Immortalized human skin cells (HaCaT keratinocytes) expressing fluorescently tagged keratin by Dr. Bram van den Broek, Andriy Volkov, Dr. Kees Jalink, Dr. Reinhard Windoffer & Dr. Nicole Schwarz. Confocal, 40x magnification. 1st place.
9. Human tongue blood vessels injected with lead chromate by Frank Reiser. Reflected Light and Focus Stacking, 100x magnification.
10. Nsutite and Cacoxenite (minerals) by Emilio Carabajal Márquez.
11. 3rd-trimester fetus of fruit bat by Dr. Rick Adams. Darkfield and Stereomicroscopy, 18x magnification. 15th place.
12. Mold on a tomato by Dean Lerman. Reflected Light and Focus Stacking, 3.9x magnification.
13. Sea-cucumber skin by Christian Gautier. Polarized Light, 100x magnification. 18th place.
14. Common Mestra butterfly eggs, laid on a leaf of a Noseburn plant by David Millard. Incident Illumination and Image Stacking, 7.5x magnification. 14th place.
15. Weevil by Dr. Csaba Pintér. Stereomicroscopy, 80x magnification.
16. Senecio vulgaris’ (a flowering plant) seed head by Dr. Havi Sarfaty. 2x magnification. 2nd place.
I really enjoyed this gallery of macro photography awards I want to share it with my friends. Don’t you?