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This year’s entries in the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, like past years’, include abstract looks at the tiny world around us. This year we have more than a few shots of the odd-looking fruit fly and an unexpectedly colorful image of garlic. Click through the gallery to see them, and look for the winners on Tuesday, October 23.


Photographer: Geir Drange From: Borgen, Norway Magnification: 2.5x

Celosia (Woolflower)

Photographer: Christina Zimmerman From: Merritt College. Oakland, California, USA Magnification: 4x


Photographer: Dr. Somayeh Naghiloo From: University of Tabriz , Department of Plant Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences. Tabriz, Iran

Butterfly Eggs On Mistletoe

Photographer: David Millard From: Austin, Texas, USA Magnification: 6x

House Spider

Photographer: Harold Taylor From: Kensworth, Dunstable, United Kingdom Magnification: 30x

Blood-Brain Barrier Of A Zebra Fish Embryo

Photographers: Dr. Jennifer Peters and Dr. Michael Taylor From: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Memphis, Tennessee Magnified 20x

Drosophila Larva Gut

Photographer: Jessica Von Stetina From: Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. Cambridge, Massachusetts Magnification: 25x

Fruit Fly Larvae

Photographer: Dr. Andrew Woolley From: Purdue University. West Lafayette, Indiana

The Mineral Cacoxenite

Photographer: Honorio Cócera From: University of Valencia. Valencia, Spain Magnification: 18x

Embryonic Mouse Limb

Photographer : A. Kelsey Lewis From: University of Utah, Department of Human Genetics. Salt Lake City, Utah Magnification: 10x

Fruit Fly Retina

Photographer: Dr. W. Ryan Williamson From: Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Ashburn, Virginia