Microscopic photos show the hidden beauty of an invisible world

We know that wildlife photos of large mammals and wide open vistas can be breathtaking, but you know what doesn’t get enough of a look in?

Close-up shots. As in microscopic, invisible-to-the-naked-eye kind of shots.

Enter the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, which celebrates images taken using microscopes and has today announced the winning photos for its 2020 contest. It comes weeks after announcing the winners of the video competition, which are equally stunning.

From orange microtubules inside a cell to the colourful tongue of a freshwater snail, and in no particular order, here are the top 20…

Hebe plant anther with pollen.

Hebe plant anther with pollen.

Image: Dr. Robert Markus & Zsuzsa Markus

Leaf roller weevil (Byctiscus betulae) lateral view.

Leaf roller weevil (Byctiscus betulae) lateral view.

Image: Özgür Kerem Bulur

Microtubules (orange) inside a cell. Nucleus is shown in cyan.

Microtubules (orange) inside a cell. Nucleus is shown in cyan.

Connections between hippocampal neurons (brain cells).

Connections between hippocampal neurons (brain cells).

Image: Jason Kirk & Quynh Nguyen

Crystals formed after heating an ethanol and water solution containing L-glutamine and beta-alanine.

Crystals formed after heating an ethanol and

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