If you’ve never heard of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography competition, you’ve been missing out. Now in its 43rd year, the competition celebrates the best photography from the niche world of ultra micro and this year’s winners have been announced.
Most entries come from the science or medical worlds and this year’s winner was Dr. Bram van den Broek of The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI). Bram took first place for his photo of a skin cell expressing an excessive amount of keratin. Though beautiful and abstract in its nature, the doctor came across this skin cell while researching the dynamics of keratin filaments. “What I most enjoy about this competition is that a larger audience can appreciate the beautiful complexity and diversity of the world unseen by the naked eye,” said van den Broek.
The competition received thousands of entries from 88 different countries and images were assessed by a team of judges, including university doctors, researchers and journalists. As part of Nikon’s 100th anniversary celebration, the winners of the 2017 competition received a trip to Tokyo in Japan to visit Nikon’s headquarters.
So, let’s take a look at the rest of the top 20 images selected by the judges…