The Nikon International Small World Competition showcases micro-photographic images that are not simply astounding capture of nature or science on a microscopic level; they are also beautifully composed and colorful depictions of the very structures of life itself.
The competition, which began in 1974, celebrates the work of photomicrographers, amateur and professional alike, from a wide array of scientific disciplines. Nikon recently announced its 2011 award-winners.
At left is this year's first place winner: Portrait of a Chrysopa sp. (green lacewing) larva (20x) by Dr. Igor Siwanowicz, of the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried, Germany. Nikon Small World Competition