Images of specimens entered in the 2013 Small World contest included marine diatoms, Hippocampal neuron, dinosaur bones, retina cells, mineral thin sections, Annelid larva, desmids, nerve and muscle thin sections, and human brain tissue. Judges for the 39th annual contest were Cara Santa Maria (Science Educator), Ron Vale (University of California), Alan Taylor (The Atlantic), Joan Ruderman (Marine Biological Laboratory), and Michael Davidson (Florida State University).

2013 Contest Prize Winners

  • First Prize

    1st Prize - Mr Wim van Egmond

    Micropolitan Museum, Zuid Holland, Netherlands
    Specimen: Chaetoceros debilis (marine diatom), a colonial plankton organism (250x)
    Technique: Differential Interference Contrast, Image Stacking
  • Second Prize

    2nd Prize - Dr Joseph Corbo

    Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    Specimen: Chrysemys picta (painted turtle) retina (400x)
    Technique: Differential Interference Contrast
  • Third Prize

    3rd Prize - Dr Alvaro Migotto

    Centro de Biologia Marinha, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
    Specimen: Marine worm (20x)
    Technique: Stereomicroscopy, Darkfield
  • Fourth Prize

    4th Prize - Mr Rogelio Moreno Gill

    Obarrio, Condominio Millenium, Panama
    Specimen: Paramecium sp. showing the nucleus, mouth and water expulsion vacuoles (40x)
    Technique: Differential Interference Contrast
  • Fifth Prize

    5th Prize - Dr Kieran Boyle

    University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Specimen: Hippocampal neuron receiving excitatory contacts (63x)
    Technique: Fluorescence and Confocal
  • Sixth Prize

    6th Prize - Miss Dorit Hockman

    University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Specimen: Chamaeleo calyptratus (veiled chameleon), embryo showing cartilage (blue) and bone (red)
    Technique: Brightfield
  • Seventh Prize

    7th Prize - Dr Jan Michels

    Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany
    Specimen: Adhesive pad on a foreleg of Coccinella septempunctata (ladybird beetle) (20x)
    Technique: Confocal, Autofluorescence
  • Eighth Prize

    8th Prize - Ms Magdalena Turzanska

    University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland
    Specimen: Barbilophozia sp. (a leafy liverwort, bryophyte plant) and cyanobacteria (50x)
    Technique: Epi-autofluorescence under UV light, z-stack Reconstruction
  • Ninth Prize

    9th Prize - Mr Mark Sanders

    University Imaging Centers, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    Specimen: Insect wrapped in spider web (85x)
    Technique: Confocal, Autofluorescence, Image Stacking
  • Tenth Prize

    10th Prize - Mr Ted Kinsman

    Sciencephotography.com, Rochester, New York, USA
    Specimen: Thin section of a dinosaur bone preserved in clear agate (10x)
    Technique: Focus Stacking
  • Eleventh Prize

    11th Prize - Miss Vitoria Tobias Santos

    Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Macae, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Specimen: Macrobrachium shrimp (ghost shrimp) eye (140x)
    Technique: Stereomicroscopy
  • Twelfth Prize

    12th Prize - Dr Pedro Barrios-Perez

    National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Specimen: Silicon dioxide on polydimethylglutarimide-based resist (200x)
    Technique: Brightfield
  • Thirteenth Prize

    13th Prize - Dr Michael Nelson and Samantha Smith

    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
    Specimen: Mouse vertebra section (200x)
    Technique: Focus Stacking
  • Fourteenth Prize

    14th Prize - Mr Zhong Hua

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
    Specimen: Peripheral nerves in E11.5 mouse embryo (5x)
    Technique: Confocal
  • Fifteenth Prize

    15th Prize - Dr Christian Scheckhuber

    University of Groningen, Netherlands
    Specimen: Podospora anserina (fungus) filamentous tip cells (630x)
    Technique: Fluorescence
  • Sixteenth Prize

    16th Prize - Mr Geir Drange

    Huldreveien, Borgen, Norway
    Specimen: Pityohyphantes phrygianus (sheet weaver spider) with a parasitic wasp larva on the abdomen (5x)
    Technique: Reflected Light, Focus Stacking
  • Seventeenth Prize

    17th Prize - Dr Alexandre Moreau

    UCL Institute of Neurology, London, United Kingdom
    Specimen: Pyramidal neurons and their dendrites visualized in the visual cortex of a mouse brain (40x)
    Technique: 2-Photon, Focus Stacking, Fluorescence, Patch Clamp
  • Eighteenth Prize

    18th Prize - Mr Christian Sardet

    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
    Specimen: Annelid larva (100x)
    Technique: Darkfield
  • Nineteenth Prize

    19th Prize - Dr David Ward

    dgward.com, Oakdale, California, USA
    Specimen: Nerve and muscle thin section (40x)
    Technique: Brightfield, Image Stacking
  • Twentieth Prize

    20th Prize - Dr James Burchfield

    The Garvan Institute, Darlinghurst, NSW, Australia
    Specimen: The explosive dynamics of sugar transport in fat cells (100x)
    Technique: Live Cell Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence

Honorable Mentions

  • Honorable Mention - Mr Thomas Balla

    Collinswood Designs Inc., Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
    Specimen: Crystal formation of sulfosalicylic acid, a chemical used in medicine (200x)
    Technique: Polarized light
  • Honorable Mention - Dr Michael Boyle

    Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA
    Specimen: The pelagosphera larva of Nephasoma pellucidum (peanut worm) after four days of development (40x)
    Technique: Confocal
  • Honorable Mention - Mr Geir Drange

    Huldreveien, Borgen, Norway
    Specimen: The egg sack of a pirate spider (Ero sp.) (5x)
    Technique: Reflected Light, Focus Stacking
  • Honorable Mention - Dr Tomokazu Kawashima

    Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, National University of Singapore, Singapore
    Specimen: Mature Arabidopsis (thale cress) embryo sac showing the central cell F-actin (cyan, surface rendered), the egg cell nucleus (yellow) and the synergid cells (magenta) (60x)
    Technique: Confocal, Image Stacking
  • Honorable Mention - Mr Charles Krebs

    Charles Krebs Photography, Issaquah, Washington, USA
    Specimen: Peacock feather section (50x)
    Technique: Reflected light
  • Honorable Mention - Mr Frederic Labaune

    Education Nationale, Auxonne, France
    Specimen: Crystallization of tartrazine (dye primarily used as a food coloring) (40x)
    Technique: Differential Interference Contrast
  • Honorable Mention - Dr Mariela Loschi

    Fundación Insituto Leloir, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Specimen: Detail of the microtubules and nucleus in a COS-7 (Cercopithecus aethiops kidney, SV40 transformed) cultured cell (100x)
    Technique: Confocal
  • Honorable Mention - Dr David Maitland

    www.davidmaitland.com, Feltwell, United Kingdom
    Specimen: Radula (rasping organ) of the mollusc Buccinum undatum (Common Whelk) (200x)
    Technique: Differential Interference Contrast
  • Honorable Mention - Dr Bryan Millis

    NIDCD, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland USA
    Specimen: Small intestinal section from a mouse expressing GFP-tagged non-muscle myosin II (200x)
    Technique: Large format image stitch using swept-field confocal fluorescence microscopy
  • Honorable Mention - Mr Waldo Nell

    Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
    Specimen: Crystallized purple food dye (640x)
    Technique: Darkfield
  • Honorable Mention - Dr Csaba Pintér

    Keszthely, Zala, Hungary
    Specimen: Cynoglossum officinale (gypsy flower) seeds (3x)
    Technique: Focus Stacking
  • Honorable Mention - Mr Nikola Rahme

    Budapest, Hungary
    Specimen: Flat bark beetle - part of the head and prothorax with phoretic mites (10x)
    Technique: Reflected Light
  • Honorable Mention - Dr Andrew Woolley and Kevin Otto

    Purdue University, Adelaide, Australia
    Specimen: Adult mouse foot showing blood vessels, immune cells and soft tissues (100x)
    Technique: Confocal

Images of Distinction

  • Mr. Arturo Agostino

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Arturo Agostino

    Reggio Calabria, Italy
    Specimen: Navicula variolata (diatom) (400x)
    Technique: Darkfield
  • Mr. José R. Almodóvar

    Image of Distinction - Mr. José R. Almodóvar

    University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
    Specimen: Glands in a leaf of Drosera capensis, a carnivorous plant (10x)
    Technique: Image Stacking
  • Mr. Dave Almquist

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Dave Almquist

    Tallahassee, Florida, USA
    Specimen: Achene, or fruit, of a beak-sedge (Rhynchospora sp.) (50x)
    Technique: Stereomicroscopy
  • Mr. Harald K Andersen

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Harald K Andersen

    Nedre Eiker, Steinberg, Norway
    Specimen: Citric acid and tartaric acid (60x)
    Technique: Polarized light
  • Mr. Haris Antonopoulos

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Haris Antonopoulos

    Halandri, Greece
    Specimen: Soap bubble (10x)
    Technique: Polarized light
  • Dr. Pedro Barrios-Perez

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Pedro Barrios-Perez

    National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
    Specimen: Cracked/wrinkled photoresist (200x)
    Technique: Brightfield
  • Mr. Mark Bateman

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Mark Bateman

    Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA
    Specimen: Nepeta cataria (catnip) (40x)
    Technique: Darkfield, Focus Stacking
  • Ms. Kelly Brinsko

    Image of Distinction - Ms. Kelly Brinsko

    McCrone Research Institute, Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Specimen: False-twist textured nylon yarn (100x)
    Technique: Crossed Polarized Light
  • Mr. Massimo Brizzi

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Massimo Brizzi

    Empoli, Italy
    Specimen: Dew on spider web (5x)
    Technique:
  • Mr. Karl Bruun

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Karl Bruun

    Nostoca Algae Laboratory, Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA
    Specimen: Closterium, a common genera of green algae (chlorophyta) found in lakes and ponds around the Puget Sound region (400x)
    Technique: Differential Interference Contrast
  • Mr. Zhang Chao

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Zhang Chao

    National Astronomical Observatories, Beijing, China
    Specimen: Battery leakage crystal (25x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Dr. Biplab Dasgupta

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Biplab Dasgupta, Jane Anderson, Shabnam Pooya, Mariko DeWire, Lili Miles

    Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    Specimen: Brain cancer stem cells from human brain cancer tissue (200x)
    Technique: Immunofluorescence
  • Mr. Neil Egan

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Neil Egan

    PPG Industries, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
    Specimen: Separate forms and nodules of bacteria growth (20x)
    Technique: Stereomicroscopy
  • Mr. Neil Egan

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Neil Egan

    PPG Industries, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
    Specimen: Two burs locked together (15x)
    Technique: Brightfield
  • Dr. Fernan Federici

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Fernan Federici, David Benjamin, Jim Haseloff

    University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Specimen: Epidermal cells of an Arabidopsis thaliana leaf artificially induced to form cellulose patterns typical of xylem cells (40x)
    Technique: Confocal
  • Mr. David Forest

    Image of Distinction - Mr. David Forest and Alison Sweeney

    UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, USA
    Specimen: Deep sea amphipod
    Technique: Brightfield
  • Mr. Frank Fox

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Frank Fox

    Trier, Germany
    Specimen: Vorticella sp. (protozoa) (20x)
    Technique: Dark field
  • Dr. Edward Gafford

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Edward Gafford

    Venture, California, USA
    Specimen: Recrystallized sulfur (100x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Dr. Jaime Gómez-Gutiérrez

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Jaime Gómez-Gutiérrez

    Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Baja California Sur, Mexico
    Specimen: Benthic fish egg cluster (6.6x)
    Technique: Stereomicroscopy
  • Mr. Raul Gonzalez

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Raul Gonzalez

    Mexico City, Mexico
    Specimen: Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) crystal (100x)
    Technique: Brightfield
  • Dr. Alexander Gow

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Alexander Gow and Cherie Southwood

    Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA
    Specimen: Mouse inner ear from a Claudin 11-null mouse reveals the distribution of tight junctions (blue) (65x)
    Technique: Brightfield
  • Mr. Regis Grailhe

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Regis Grailhe and Arnaud Ogier

    Institut Pasteur, Seongnam, Korea
    Specimen: Neuroprecursor stem cells undergoing neuronal differentiation (20x)
    Technique: Confocal
  • Mr. Julian Gray

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Julian Gray

    Tellus Science Museum, Marietta, Georgia, USA
    Specimen: Vauxite mineral crystal cluster from Llallagua, Bolivia (50x)
    Technique: Reflected Light, Image Stacking
  • Dr. John Hart

    Image of Distinction - Dr. John Hart

    University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA
    Specimen: Crystal of Sulpher, Resorcinal, Azelaic acid (50x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Dr. Guichuan Hou

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Guichuan Hou

    Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA
    Specimen: Convallaria sp. (lily of the valley) rhizome section (40x)
    Technique: Confocal
  • Mr. Michael Hügi

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Michael Hügi

    Swiss Gemmological Society, Switzerland
    Specimen: Inclusion in a cut gemstone: rutile crystals (titanium oxide) included in rock crystal (quartz) from Minas Gerais, Brazil (40x)
    Technique: Brightfield, Fiber Optic Illumination
  • Mr. Christopher B. Jackson

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Christopher B. Jackson

    IKELOS GmbH, Berne, Switzerland
    Specimen: Guanidine hydrochloride (a chaotropic salt used to denature proteins) (200x)
    Technique: Polarized light
  • Dr. Gareth Jones

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Gareth Jones

    University of Brighton, Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom
    Specimen: Head of a male Culex pipiens mosquito (70x)
    Technique: Stereomicroscopy, Fiber Optic Illumination
  • Ms. Kata Kenesei

    Image of Distinction - Ms. Kata Kenesei and Barbara Orsolits

    Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore
    Specimen: Butterfly tongue (60x)
    Technique: Confocal
  • Mrs. Christian Klämbt

    Image of Distinction - Mrs. Christian Klämbt

    University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany
    Specimen: Drosophila sp. (fruit fly) larval brain (25x)
    Technique: Confocal
  • Mr. Laurie Knight

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Laurie Knight

    Maidstone, United Kingdom
    Specimen: Urania ripheus (Madagascan Sunset moth) (20x)
    Technique: Focus stacked, twin flash front illumination
  • Mr. Sebastian Konrad

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Sebastian Konrad

    LMU, Martinsried, Germany
    Specimen: Expression of a fluorescently labeled protein in Tobacco leaf epidermal cells (63x)
    Technique: Confocal
  • Mr. Frederic Labaune

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Frederic Labaune

    Education nationale, Auxonne, France
    Specimen: Crocus pollen and stigmate (40x)
    Technique: Episcopy and Stacking
  • Dr. Philippe Laissue

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Philippe Laissue

    University of Essex, Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom
    Specimen: Close-up of common orange lichen (Xanthoria parietina), a partnership between a fungus and a green alga (4x)
    Technique: Confocal microscopy (autofluorescence), spectral detection and differential interference contrast
  • Dr. Barbara Laurinyecz

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Barbara Laurinyecz

    University of Szeged, Department of Genetics, Szeged, Hungary
    Specimen: Male Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) spiral shaped testis (150x)
    Technique: Confocal
  • Dr. Barbara Laurinyecz

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Barbara Laurinyecz

    University of Szeged, Department of Genetics, Szeged, Hungary
    Specimen: Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) seminal vesicle (600x)
    Technique: Confocal, Fluorescence
  • Dr. David Linstead

    Image of Distinction - Dr. David Linstead

    Bromley, Kent, United Kingdom
    Specimen: Gyrinus sp. (whirligig beetle) swimming leg (25x)
    Technique: Differential Interference Contrast
  • Dr. Daniela Malide

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Daniela Malide

    NIH- NHLBI Light microscopy core facility, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
    Specimen: Mouse adipose (fat) tissue (25x)
    Technique: Confocal, 2-photon
  • Dr. Miguel Mano

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Miguel Mano

    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Santiago, Chile
    Specimen: Rat heart section (4x)
    Technique: Fluorescence
  • Dr. Robert Markus

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Robert Markus

    Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
    Specimen: Mizapin (antidepressant drug) crystals (160x)
    Technique: Polarized Light, Differential Interference Contrast
  • Dr. Gabriel G. Martins

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Gabriel G. Martins and Robert Bryson-Richardson

    CBA/Fac. Ciencias Univ Lisboa, Alcabideche, Portugal
    Specimen: E13 quail embryo (0.5x)
    Technique:
  • Dr. Gabriel G. Martins

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Gabriel G. Martins and Robert Bryson-Richardson

    CBA/Fac. Ciencias Univ Lisboa, Alcabideche, Portugal
    Specimen: 3D reconstruction of rabbit embryo (Oryctolagus cuniculus) close to term obtained with a custom built Optical Projection microTomography setup (.17x)
    Technique: Optical Projection microTomography, followed by volume rendering of the computed slices
  • Dr. César Menor Salván

    Image of Distinction - Dr. César Menor Salván

    INTA, Madrid, Spain
    Specimen: Pearceite, an uncommon silver mineral, in beautiful hexagonal crystals, from a copper mine in Spain (100x)
    Technique: Reflected Light, Stereomicroscopy
  • Mr. David Millard

    Image of Distinction - Mr. David Millard

    Austin, Texas, USA
    Specimen: Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly (Battus philenor) eggs on stem of host plant, Aristolochia fimbriata (5x)
    Technique: Focus Stacking
  • Mr. Marek Mis

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Marek Mis

    Marek Mis Photography, Suwalki, Poland
    Specimen: Micrasterias americana (algae) (40x)
    Technique: Polarized Light
  • Mr. Douglas Moore

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Douglas Moore

    University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA
    Specimen: Polished slab of Teepee Canyon agate (25x)
    Technique: Stereomicroscopy
  • Mr. Rogelio Moreno Gill

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Rogelio Moreno Gill

    Panama City, Panama
    Specimen: Micrasterias radiosa (algae) (40x)
    Technique: Polarized Light with Lambda Plate
  • Dr. Somayeh Naghiloo

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Somayeh Naghiloo

    University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran, Islamic Rep.
    Specimen: Asperugo sp. female flower
    Technique: Epi-illumination
  • Mr. Waldo Nell

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Waldo Nell

    Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
    Specimen: Fern sorus with stray spores and stomata (64x)
    Technique: Fluorescence
  • Mr. James H. Nicholson

    Image of Distinction - Mr. James H. Nicholson

    MUSC & NOAA/NOS/NCCOS, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
    Specimen: A single live Ricordea florida, a soft coral (20x)
    Technique: Epifluorescence illumination using D/F/R (Dapi/FITC/Texas Red)
  • Mr. Fabrice Parais

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Fabrice Parais

    DREAL de Basse-Normandie, Bougy, France
    Specimen: Abdominal segments of Diptera Blephariceridae larvae (40x)
    Technique: Stereomicroscopy
  • Mr. Fabrice Parais

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Fabrice Parais

    DREAL de Basse-Normandie, Bougy, France
    Specimen: Detail of Trichoptera nymph (caddisfly) (25x)
    Technique: Stereomicroscopy
  • Dr. Heiti Paves

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Heiti Paves

    Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia
    Specimen: Bovine pulmonary artery epitheliial cells (63x)
    Technique: Confocal
  • Mr. Peter Pook

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Peter Pook

    Composites Atlantic Ltd., Riverport, Noca Scotia, Canada
    Specimen: Cross-cut through an assembly of two dark-brown fiber-reinforced composite pieces, which are bonded together with gray adhesive and back-filled with a blue mass of composite material (50x)
    Technique: Reflected Light, Darkfield
  • Dr. Nathanaël Prunet

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Nathanaël Prunet

    Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
    Specimen: Arabidopsis thaliana (thale cress) (1140x)
    Technique: Confocal
  • Mr. Ricardo Randall

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Ricardo Randall

    Cardiff University, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, UK
    Specimen: Arabidopsis thaliana embryo within its seed coat (630x)
    Technique: Confocal
  • Miss. Liza Roger

    Image of Distinction - Miss. Liza Roger and Dr. Gareth Lawson

    University of Western Australia, Perth, Austrailia
    Specimen: Clione (Pteropoda:Gymnosomata) (10x)
    Technique: Stereomicroscopy
  • Mr. Jerzy Rojkowski

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Jerzy Rojkowski

    Cracow, Poland
    Specimen: Daphnia magna (freshwater flea) (200x)
    Technique: Differential Interference Contrast, Image Stacking
  • Dr. Janet Rollins

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Janet Rollins

    Bronx, NY, USA
    Specimen: Drosophila (fruit fly) sperm (630x)
    Technique: Confocal
  • Dr. Veli-Pekka Ronkainen

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Veli-Pekka Ronkainen

    Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu, Finland
    Specimen: Surface details from a one euro coin
    Technique: Confocal reflection microscopy, Z-stacking and maximum intensity projection
  • Dr. Greg Rouse

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Greg Rouse

    UCSD, La Jolla, California, USA
    Specimen: Annulobalcis maculatus (parasitic snails) on Comanthus wahlbergi (echinoderm featherstar) (10x)
    Technique: Stereomicroscope with LED light and strobes
  • Ms. Catherine Russell

    Image of Distinction - Ms. Catherine Russell and Dayong Chen

    University of Massachusetts, Materials Research Science and Engineering Center,
    Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
    Specimen: Buckling of a hydrogel bilayer due to swelling (10x)
    Technique: Fluorescence
  • Mr. Mark Sanders

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Mark Sanders

    University Imaging Centers, University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA
    Specimen: Clam glochidia (larva) (60x)
    Technique: Confocal, Autofluorescence
  • Dr. Havi Sarfaty

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Havi Sarfaty

    Neve-Monoson-Yahud, Israel
    Specimen: Flower stemen (40x)
    Technique: Reflected light
  • Dr. Andreas Schmidt

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa, Corinna Schulze, Ricardo Neves

    University Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
    Specimen: Actinarctus doryphorus (marine tardigrade) autofluorescence of cuticle (40x)
    Technique: Confocal
  • Mr. Dimitri Seeboruth

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Dimitri Seeboruth

    Paris, France
    Specimen: Aphaenogaster senilis (ant worker) (4x)
    Technique: Image Stacking
  • Mr. Bert Siegel

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Bert Siegel

    University of Applied Science, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany
    Specimen: Titanium shavings (100x)
    Technique:
  • Mr. Samuel Silberman

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Samuel Silberman

    Shoham, Israel
    Specimen: Pollen (40x)
    Technique: Reflected Light, Fiber Optic Ilumination
  • Dr. Igor Siwanowicz

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Igor Siwanowicz

    Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia, USA
    Specimen: Polypodium virginianum (fern) sorus (100x)
    Technique: Confocal
  • Dr. Igor Siwanowicz

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Igor Siwanowicz

    Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia, USA
    Specimen: Young juniper shoot cross-section (250x)
    Technique: Confocal
  • Miss. Ashley Smith

    Image of Distinction - Miss. Ashley Smith

    CFD Research Corporation, Hunstville, Alabama, USA
    Specimen: Primary rat brain astrocytes cultured in a SynVivo BBB device (10x)
    Technique: Fluorescence
  • Dr. Josef Spacek

    Image of Distinction - Dr. Josef Spacek

    Charles University Prague, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
    Specimen: Fossilized permocarbonian horsetail polished section (100x)
    Technique: Reflected Light
  • Mr. Viktor Sykora

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Viktor Sykora

    Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
    Specimen: Geranium bohemica seed (10x)
    Technique: Darkfield
  • Ms. Magdalena Turzanska

    Image of Distinction - Ms. Magdalena Turzanska

    University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland
    Specimen: Lepidozia reptans (a leafy liverwort, bryophyte plant) ventral side of pinnately branched stem (50x)
    Technique: Epi-autofluorescence under UV light, z-stack reconstruction
  • Miss. Laure Twyffels

    Image of Distinction - Miss. Laure Twyffels and Benoît Host

    Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Bruxelles, Belgium
    Specimen: Enteric valve of Patawatermes nigripunctatus, a humivore termite belonging to the Apicotermitinae subfamily (20x)
    Technique: Confocal, Autofluorescence
  • Mr. Jan Valenta

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Jan Valenta and Benjamin Bruhn

    Charles University, Czech Republic, Prague
    Specimen: Silicon nanocrystals in silicon dioxide (20x)
    Technique: Widefield reflection, false colors
  • Mr. Jan Valenta

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Jan Valenta and Benjamin Bruhn

    Charles University, Czech Republic, Prague
    Specimen: Silicon nanocrystals in silicon dioxide (20x)
    Technique: Widefield reflection, local equalization of image
  • Mr. Philippe Verrees

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Philippe Verrees

    Knokke, Belgium
    Specimen: Myxomycete sp. (slime mold) (20x)
    Technique: Episcopic Illumination
  • Mr. Eckhard Voelcker

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Eckhard Voelcker

    Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
    Specimen: Fargesia murielae (Bamboo) stem cross section (200x)
    Technique: Autofluorescence
  • Ms. Yanping Wang

    Image of Distinction - Ms. Yanping Wang

    Beijing Planetarium, Beijing, China
    Specimen: Dried egg white (25x)
    Technique: Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast
  • Mr. Kurt Wirz

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Kurt Wirz

    Basel-Stadt, Basel, Switzerland
    Specimen: Raphigaster nebulosa (stink bug)
    Technique: Image Stacking
  • Mr. Peter Woitschikowski

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Peter Woitschikowski

    Hüssengarten, Gütersloh, Germany
    Specimen: Diatoms (625x)
    Technique: Darkfield
  • Mr. Solvin Zankl

    Image of Distinction - Mr. Solvin Zankl

    Schwartenbeker, Kiel, Germany
    Specimen: Sponge spicules (10x)
    Technique: Darkfield, Focus Stacking

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