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Creepy Crawlies of the Nikon Small World 2014 Competition

The Nikon Small World competition showcases the best microphotography every year. This year is the 40th anniversary edition of the contest: forty years of recognized microphotography art!  

The 2014 competition features images under a variety of themes, such as Under the Sea, Tom & Jerry (cat and mouse), Eye See You, and Vital Signs. Neatorama is proud to show you some of the best images under the theme Creepy Crawlies, just in time for the Halloween festivities coming up.

Mr. José R. Almodóvar
Biology Department, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Mite in a small forest
Image Stacking
10X


Mr. Stefano Barone
Cremona, Italy
Bed bug (Cimex lectularius)
Rheinberg illumination (Dark field with interference filter)
50X

Mr. Geir Drange
Asker, Norway
Leptothorax acervorum (ant) carrying its larva
Reflected Light, Focus Stacking
5X


Mr. Geir Drange
Asker, Norway
Vespula vulgaris (common wasp) stinger
Reflected Light, Focus Stacking
5X


Dr. Csaba Pintér
Deák F. str. 57/d.
Keszthely, Zala, Hungary
Chrysopa perla (green lacewing) eggs
Stereomicroscope, Focus Stack
3X



Dr. Nathan Paul Myhrvold
Intellectual Ventures
Bellevue, Washington, USA
Trichinella worm. This is a female parasitic worm of the species can infect people who eat raw meat with trichinosis.
Hoffman Modulation Contrast, Focus Stacking
40X



Mr. Jacek Myslowski
Wloclawek, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland
Acari (arachnid)
Polarized Light, Oblique
100X



Dr. Yuta Nakase
National Museum of Nature and Science
Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
Suction-cup hairs on foreleg tarsus of male Dineutus mellyi (whirligig beetle)
Focus Stacking, Image Stitching, Reflected Light
10X


Ms. Karin Panser
Institute of Molecular Pathology I.M.P.
Vienna, Austria
Caterpillar proleg with circle of gripping hooks in red
Confocal, Autofluorescence
20X



Mr. Amir Saberi
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Cell and Developmental Biology
Urbana, Illinois
Reproductive tissues (gray) surrounded by neurons (colors) in the freshwater planarian Schmidtea mediterranea  (Planarians are non-parasitic flatworms)
Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy
40X



Dr. Luca Toledano
Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Verona
Verona, Italy
Eupholus sp. (beetle) It's a Coleoptera Curculionidae
Reflected, Diffused Light
4x



Mr. Frederic Labaune
Education Nationale
Auxonne, Burgundy, France
Ant nymph
Image Stacking, Stitching
10X



Mr. Charles Krebs
Charles Krebs Photography
Issaquah, Washington, USA
Chrysochroa buqueti (jewel beetle) carapace, near eye
Diffused, Reflected Illumination
45X



Mr. Charles Krebs
Charles Krebs Photography
Issaquah, Washington, USA
Chrysochroa buqueti (jewel beetle) carapace, near eye
Diffused, Reflected Illumination
450X



Dr. Terue Kihara
Senckenberg am Meer, German Centre for Marine Biodiversity Research (DZMB)
Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Tigriopus californicus (copepod), couple, lateral view
Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy
10X



Ms. Hsiao-Ling Lu
University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida, USA
Pea aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum) stage 17 embryo showing actin filaments (red), tubulin (green), nucleus (blue), and germ cells (white)
Confocal
40X


The winners of the Nikon Small World 2014 competition will be announced on Thursday, October 30th. Check in with Neatorama for the announcement. Until then, you can look through and enjoy the winners from past years. You can also follow Nikon Small World on Facebook and Twitter.

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