updated 5/2/2011 10:16:37 AM ET 2011-05-02T14:16:37

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 2, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nikon Instruments, Inc. announced today the judges for the 2011 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition – the preeminent forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope.

Now in its 37th year, the competition has featured some of the most esteemed names in science and science journalism on its judging panel, and this year is no exception. The judges for the 2011 competition are:

  • Alan Boyle, Science Editor and Blogger, MSNBC.com
  • Dan Vergano, Science Columnist, USA Today
  • Simon Watkins, Ph.D., Professor and Vice Chairman for Department of Cell Biology and Physiology at the University Of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Founder and Director, University of Pittsburgh Center for Biologic Imaging
  • Richard Day, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Michael W.Davidson, Director of the Optical and Magneto-Optical Imaging Center at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University

In addition, the competition has selected Kurt Thorn, Ph.D., director of the Nikon Imaging Center at the University of California San Francisco to serve as the judge for Nikon Small World in Motion, a new category for this year honoring digital time-lapse photomicrography taken through the microscope. Mike Davidson will also serve as a judge in this category.

Since its founding in 1974, Nikon Small World has seen consistent growth due in part to the amazing image submissions and the distinguished judges who have offered their insight to the contest, receiving international recognition in the science community, with art and photography lovers, and in the media. The competition recognizes the best photomicrographers in the world, who mix the exceptional ability in scientific imaging with incredible visual aesthetic to showcase the unique intersection of science and art. 

For additional information, please visit www.nikonsmallworld.com, or follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter @NikonSmallWorld

About Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition

The Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in photography. Participants may submit their images in traditional 35mm format, or upload digital images directly at www.nikonsmallworld.com. The first and second of 20 prize winners will receive a selection of Nikon products and equipment worth $3,000 and $2,000 respectively. For additional information, contact Nikon Small World, Nikon Instruments, Inc., 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747, USA or phone (631) 547-8569. Entry forms for Nikon's 2010 Small World Competition may also be downloaded from www.nikonsmallworld.com.

About Nikon Instruments, Inc.

Nikon Instruments, Inc. is a world leader in the development and manufacture of optical and digital imaging technology for biomedical applications. Now in its 93rd 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 instrumentation arm of Nikon Inc., the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology. For more information, visit www.nikoninstruments.com. Product-related inquiries may be directed to Nikon Instruments at 800-52-NIKON.

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