This year’s famous Nikon competition features insanely amazing photographs from the microscopic world.
From the announcement:
Nikon’s Small World winning image emerges from blackness to reveal the delicate, blue pebbly texture of the cell nuclei of a mouse colon as seen through the microscope. This winning image is the work of Dr. Paul Appleton, a researcher from the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Dundee in the UK.
Dr. Appleton’s image was selected on the basis of originality, informational content, technical proficiency and visual impact. His research is designed to further our understanding of how cellular changes are regulated, and how changes in normal cellular processes contribute to the development of colon cancer.
“Nikon’s Small World gives us a glimpse into a world that few people ever see,” said Lee Shuett, executive vice president, Nikon Instruments. “With today’s digital imaging capability we can not only see the smallest objects, we can also study how different objects interact and change over time. Never before in human history have we had this powerful imaging capability to see and analyze so much information about human biology. Tonight, we will honor and celebrate each Small World contributor as we congratulate the 2006 winners.”