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Nikon Small World 2013
See a worm gone wild, a twisty piece of plankton and other top-20 photos from the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition.
Countdown for a small world
The Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition has been celebrating the wonders of microscopic realms since 1974. The judges for the 2013 contest sifted through more than 2,000 entries to come up with their top 20. This 20th-place entry was submitted by James Burchfield of Australia's Garvan Institute. It shows the explosive dynamics of sugar transport in fat cells. Browse through our slideshow to count down to the top-rated image.
This darkfield image by Christian Sardet of France's National Center for Scientific Research shows the larva of an annelid, or segmented worm, at 100x magnification. In darkfield microscopy, contrast is created by a bright specimen on a dark background. The image won 18th place in the Nikon Small World competition.