Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Nikon's small world photomicrography competition

Alright all you myrmecologists out there -- send in your cool anty photos to the Nikon Small World Competition and get us some props:

The Nikon International Small World Competition first began in 1974 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Since then, Small World has become a leading showcase for photomicrographers from the widest array of scientific disciplines.

A photomicrograph is a technical document that can be of great significance to science or industry. But a good photomicrograph is also an image whose structure, color, composition, and content is an object of beauty, open to several levels of comprehension and appreciation.

The Nikon Small World Competition is open to anyone with an interest in photography through the microscope. Truly international in scope, entries have been received from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Winners have included both professionals and hobbyists.

The subject matter is unrestricted and any type of light microscopy technique is acceptable, including phase contrast, polarized light, fluorescence, interference contrast, darkfield, confocal, deconvolution, and mixed techniques. Entries submitted to Nikon are then judged by an independent panel of experts who are recognized authorities in the area of photomicrography and photography. These entries are judged on the basis of originality, informational content, technical proficiency and visual impact.

Entries may be submitted either on film (in 35 millimeter transparency format) or uploaded digitally through your web browser. The links below provide options for entering the contest.

Deadline for Entries:
April 30, 2008

Drosophila virilis (fruit fly) sperm; (2001 13th, Earl Nishiguchi)
Amisega floridensis (parasitic wasp); 2007 entry, Klaus Bolte
Muscoid fly (house fly); 2005 1st, Charles B. Krebs
Wing of a Lasius niger queen (garden ant); (2004 Honorable Mention, Jaromir Plasek)
Whole mount of an ant; (1981 5th, D.R. Simpson)

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