This Picture of a Mosquito Heart Is The Year's Best Microphotograph

Our friends at PopPhoto have compiled a gallery of the winners of Nikon's Small World photomicrography competition. Included are close-ups of a mosquito heart (above), a wasp's nest and more, in breathtaking detail. Check out the gallery and prepare to be amazed.

First Place: Mosquito Heart

Jonas King
Vanderbilt University, Department of Biological Sciences Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Anopheles gambiae (mosquito) heart (100X)
Fluorescence

Second Place: Five-Day-Old Zebrafish Head

Dr. Hideo Otsuna
University of Utah Medical Center, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
5-day old zebrafish head (20X)
Confocal

Third Place: Zebrafish Olfactory Bulbs

Oliver Braubach
Department of Physiology & Biophysics, Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Zebrafish olfactory bulbs (250X)
Confocal

Fourth Place: Wasp Nest

Riccardo Taiariol
La Spezia, SP, Italy
Wasp nest (10X)
Extended Depth of Field Stereomicroscopy

Fifth Place: Bird of Paradise Seed

Viktor Sykora
Institute of Pathophysiology, First Medical Faculty, Charles University
Prague, Czech Republic
Strelitzia reginae (bird of paradise) seed (10X)
Darkfield

Sixth Place: Red Seaweed

Dr. John Huisman
Murdoch University, School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
Murdoch, Western Australia, Australia
Martensia sp. (red seaweed), living specimen (40X)
Brightfield To see the rest of the stunning shots, visit PopPhoto.