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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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Founded in 1974 to recognize excellence in photography through the microscope, Nikon Small World is the leading forum for celebrating the beauty and complexity of objects seen through the light microscope. The 2008 winning photographers were recognized last night at the Astor Center in New York City . Nikon also unveiled the complete gallery of winning photomicrographs set to tour science and art museums across the nation beginning October 24th . Images are also available in the Small World calendar, which can be purchased at www.nikonsmallworld.com, and in an online gallery featured at the same location.

"The photo that Michael Stringer produced is remarkable, as were all the contributions to Small World 2008," said Lee Shuett , executive vice president, Nikon Instruments. "To see the world's tiniest objects captured in such a majestic way puts our very existence into perspective."

The top three images include Mr. Stringer's diatoms, Paul Marshalls' picture of post-growth carbon nanotubes, and Albert Tousson's image of Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley). Nikon has also awarded several "Honorable Mentions" and "Images of Distinction" this year to outstanding photomicrographs that demonstrate superior technical competency and artistic skill.

This year's judges again represented top industry experts and included Ivan Oranksy, Managing Editor, online, Scientific American; Alice Park , Department Head, Science, Time Magazine; David L. Spector , Director of Research and Head of the Gene Regulation Program, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Ron Strum , Senior Petrographer, CTLGroup; and Michael Davidson , Director of the Optical and Magneto-Optical Imaging Center at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University.

THE OFFICIAL 2008 NIKON SMALL WORLD WINNERS The 2008 gallery of winning images can be viewed at www.nikonsmallworld.com. 1st Place Michael Stringer Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, UK Pleurosigma (marine diatoms) (200x) Darkfield and Polarized Light 2nd Place Paul Marshall National Research Council Canada Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Carbon nanotubes, post growth (30x) Stereomicroscopy 3rd Place Albert Tousson High Resolution Imaging Facility University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, Alabama, USA Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley) (1300x) Confocal 4th Place Matthew Springer, Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, California, USA Differentiation of unicellular Dictyostelium discoideum into Multicellular slugs (100x at 10") Stereomicroscopy 5th Place Charles Kazilek Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona, USA Japanese specialty paper fibers (Sugixawa Tenjyo) (100x) Confocal 6th Place Klaus Bolte Stittsville, Ontario, Canada Chrysolina fastuosa (Micro leaf beetle) on a pin head (40x) Stereomicroscopy 7th Place Dr. Margaret Oechsli Jewish Hospital, Heart & Lung Institute Louisville, Kentucky, USA Mitomycin (an anti-cancer drug) (10x) Polarized Light 8th Place John Hart Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA Crystallized mixture of resorcinol, methylene blue, and sulphur (13x) Polarized Transmitted Light 9th Place David Walker Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK Compact disc case detail (5x) Polarized Light 10th Place Harold Taylor Kensworth, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, UK Orchestia gammarella (sand hopper) (10x) Darkfield 11th Place Wim van Egmond Micropolitan Museum Rotterdam, The Netherlands Diatoms on red alga (100x) Darkfield 12th Place Charles Krebs Charles Krebs Photography Issaquah, Washington, USA Rear leg section of Water Boatman (Hemiptera: Corixidae) (200x) Rheinberg Illumination 13th Place Milan Kosanovic Belgrade, Serbia/Montenegro Recrystallized Vitamin C (10x) Polarized Light 14th Place Charles Krebs Charles Krebs Photography Issaquah, Washington, USA Closterium, diatoms and Spirogyra (40x) Polarized Light 15th Place Wim van Egmond Micropolitan Museum Rotterdam, The Netherlands Radiolarians, fossil shells (160x) Differential Interference Contrast 16th Place Richard Bulgin Imperial College London London, UK Transfected fibroblast with lamellipodia (100x) Fluorescence 17th Place Monica Pons Institut de Biologia Molecular de Barcelona (CSIC) Barcelona, Spain Arabidopsis thaliana root (10x) Confocal 18th Place Dr. Tamily Weissman Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA "Brainbow" transgenic mouse hippocampus (40x) Confocal 19th Place Eric Kalkman Laboratory of Phytopathology, Wageningen University Wageningen, The Netherlands Hyperbranching of the fungus Neurospora crassa (bread mold) exposed to Latrunculin B (200x) Confocal 20th Place Solvin Zankl Solvin Zankl Images Kiel, Germany Sergestes larva (deep-water decapod crustacean) (30x) Darkfield Honorable Mentions Dr. Pedro Barrios-Perez National Research Council Canada - Institute for Microstructural Sciences Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Opening in wrinkled photoresist (200x) Nomarski with Tone Reversal Matthew Cook University of Idaho, Manchester Research Station Port Orchard, Washington, USA Calanoid copepods (zooplankton) (50x) Stereomicroscopy with UV-b bulb placed next to stage Karl Deckart Eckental, Germany Ammonium oxalate crystal (25x) Differential Interference Contrast Dr. Rachel Fink Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA Newly fertilized Fundulus heteroclitus (killifish) embryos (30x) Brightfield Dr. Andy Fischer The Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio, USA Vertical section of a chick retina (400x) Confocal Michael Gibson Northamptonshire Natural History Society Northampton, UK Single desmid, a species from the genus Closterium (200x) Brightfield, Oblique Illumination Torri Hancock U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service (ARS) Ft. Detrick, Maryland, USA Soybean leaf infected with Phakopsora pachyrhizi (Soybean Rust) (10x) Brightfield Charles Krebs Charles Krebs Photography Issaquah, Washington, USA Wing scales of Urania riphaeus (Sunset moth) (100x) Fiber Optic Illumination Edwin Lee Carrollton, Texas, USA Shaving cream with water (310x) Polarized Light Dr. Jean Livet Institut de la Vision, INSERM U592 and UPMC Paris, France "Brainbow" mouse brain stem with auditory pathway axons (40x) Confocal Dr. Tsutomu Seimiya Tokyo Metropolitan University Minato-ku, Tokyo Micro-flow pattern in thinning soap film (8x) Simple microscope Dr. Jaswant Singh Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Heated micropipette containing oocytes (mammalian eggs) (20x) Brightfield, Phase Contrast Daphne Zbaeren-Colbourn Bern, Switzerland Acrostichum aureum, mangrove fern (TS leaf midrib) (20x) Fluorescence with Brightfield Dr. Petr Znachor Institute of Hydrobiology Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic Coiled filamentous cyanobacterium Anabaena sp. (600x) Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast

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