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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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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