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Updated: October 16th, 2008 09:42 AM CDT

Marine Diatoms Capture Top Honors at Nikon Small World 2008

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NEW YORK , Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- With the appearance of gracefully swooping beams of light or a colorful array of feathers, a dazzling photo of Pleurosigma (marine diatoms) has won the 2008 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. Michael Stringer of Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, United Kingdom took home the top honor with this image, which was magnified 200 times and taken using darkfield and polarized light.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081016/NY39468 )

Nikon Small World recognizes Mr. Stringer's image, along with the other 2008 winners, for showing both scientific and artistic qualities. Nearly 2,000 entries were received this year, the most ever for the competition, from scientists and artists across the world. The winning images were selected by a distinguished panel of judges.

"My objective was to display diatoms in today's modern style, through the careful application of colors," said Mr. Stringer, "I couldn't be more pleased that the Small World judges recognized the artistic vision in this image. I dedicate this award to the diatom and especially to my dear friend, Klaus Kemp , who in my opinion creates the most exquisite slides of these tiny bits of silica."

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