With 11 winning entries coming from specimens photographed in polarized light, the 24th annual Small World contest demonstrated the diversity of materials that could be studied with this illumination technique. Judges for the 1998 contest were Simon C. Watkins (University of Pittsburgh), James E. Stautzenberger, Jr., (Materials Engineering Institute), Colin S. Izzard (SUNY, Albany), and Martin L. Scott (Scientific Imaging).

1998 Contest Prize Winners

  • First Prize

    1st Prize - Jakob Zbaeren

    Inselspital - Bern, Switzerland
    Specimen: Endothelial cells (100x)
    Technique: Fluorescence, Double Exposure
  • Second Prize

    2nd Prize - Darwin Dale

    Lansing, Michigan, USA
    Specimen: Verbascum blattaria (Moth Mullein) flower (3.5x)
    Technique: Scanning Illumination
  • Third Prize

    3rd Prize - Karl E. Deckart

    Eckental, Germany
    Specimen: Crystallized photographic fixer (chemical used to develop film) (20x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Fourth Prize

    4th Prize - William R. West, FBPA

    Carolina Biological Supply Company - Burlington, North Carolina, USA
    Specimen: Living colony of Epistylis sp. (30x)
    Technique: Brightfield
  • Fifth Prize

    5th Prize - Joseph G. Barabe

    McCrone Associates - Westmont, Illinois, USA
    Specimen: Carborundum polymorph inclusion in glass (13x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Sixth Prize

    6th Prize - David K. Terbush

    The George Washington University Medical Center - Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    Specimen: Melanocytes in frog skin (62.5x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Seventh Prize

    7th Prize - James E. Hayden, RBP

    Bio-Graphics - Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, USA
    Specimen: Anoplocephala perfoliata (tapeworm) in equine cecum (12.5x)
    Technique: Darkfield
  • Eighth Prize

    8th Prize - Christian Gautier

    PHO.N.E. Photo Agency - Ivry/Seine, France
    Specimen: Down of Eleagnus sp. (150x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Ninth Prize

    9th Prize - Keith Lienhop

    Allergen Home Assessment, Inc. - St. Peters, Missouri, USA
    Specimen: Melted ammonium nitrate crystals (100x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Tenth Prize

    10th Prize - James W. Evarts

    Aztec Tool Corporation - Edgewood, New York, USA
    Specimen: Live Philodina (microscopic worm) feeding on Haematococcus algae (150x)
    Technique: Darkfield
  • Eleventh Prize

    11th Prize - Alice Charlasch

    Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
    Specimen: Thiourea, dextrose and potassium carbonate crystal formation (15x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Twelfth Prize

    12th Prize - Steven Nagar

    Department of Botany - North Carolina State University - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
    Specimen: Leg of a fungus gnat (50x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Thirteenth Prize

    13th Prize - Leonard J. Cannone

    American Petrographics Inc. - Roslyn Heights, New York, USA
    Specimen: Flight feather of a rock dove (pigeon) (125x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Fourteenth Prize

    14th Prize - David A. Smith

    Queensland, Australia
    Specimen: Lemon drink crystal mixed with water (30x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Fifteenth Prize

    15th Prize - Hao-ming Siu

    HMS Architectural Design - Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Specimen: Red metallic ribbon microfilaments (10x)
    Technique: Brightfield
  • Sixteenth Prize

    16th Prize - Alice Shumsiu

    Department of Medicine - University of Louisville - Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Specimen: Vacant egg sac of a butterfly (10x)
    Technique: Brightfield
  • Seventeenth Prize

    17th Prize - Waldemar Bronakowski

    Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Specimen: Flower filament (5x)
    Technique: Darkfield
  • Eighteenth Prize

    18th Prize - James W. Evarts

    Aztec Tool Corporation - Edgewood, New York, USA
    Specimen: Hydroquinone and sodium sulfite crystal formation (200x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Nineteenth Prize

    19th Prize - Ulrich Büttner

    Daimler Benz Research Center - Ulm, Germany
    Specimen: Holographic security detail on 100 Deutsche mark bank note (2.5x)
    Technique: Brightfield
  • Twentieth Prize

    20th Prize - Nicolaas Jan van Geÿn

    Roosendaal, The Netherlands
    Specimen: Crystallized sodium saccharinate (25x)
    Technique: Polarized Light

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