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Snowflakes to slime mould: Nikon Small World Photomicrography 2021 – in pictures

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  • The winning image: trichome (white appendages) and stomata (purple pores) on a southern live oak leaf (60x objective lens magnification)

    The winning image: trichome (white appendages) and stomata (purple pores) on a southern live oak leaf (60x objective lens magnification)

  • Second place: a microfluidic device containing 300k networking neurons in two isolated populations. Both sides were treated with a unique virus and bridged by axons (fluorescence, 40x objective lens magnification)

    A microfluidic device containing 300k networking neurons in two isolated population

  • Third place: the rear leg, claw and respiratory trachea of a louse (Haematopinus suis)

    Rear leg, claw, and respiratory trachea of a louse

  • 18th place: a table salt crystal (image stacking, darkfield, oblique, Rheinberg, polarised light, 10x objective lens magnification)

    Table salt crystal

  • Honourable mention: hatched brine shrimp eggs (darkfield, fluorescence, image stacking)

    Hatched brine shrimp eggs

  • Fifth place: proboscis of a housefly (Musca domestica) (image stacking, 40x objective lens magnification)

    Proboscis of a housefly

  • Honourable Mention: a midge (Chironomidae diptera)

    A midge (Chironomidae diptera)

  • 13th place: cotton fabric with pollen grains

    Cotton fabric with pollen grains

  • 20th place: slime mould (Arcyria pomiformis)

    Slime mould (Arcyria pomiformis)

  • 10th place: vein and scales on a butterfly wing (Morpho didius) (20x objective lens magnification)

    Vein and scales on a butterfly wing

  • 16th place: an in-vivo snapshot of the neurons surrounding the mouth and tentacles of a juvenile starlet sea anemone (Nematostella vectensis) (20x objective lens magnification)

    Neurons surrounding the mouth and tentacles of a juvenile starlet sea anemone

  • Honourable mention: an amber series project displays tiny insects no more than 3mm long that have been encapsulated within hardened tree sap for 45 million years

    Honourable mention: an amber series project displays tiny insects no more than 3mm long that have been encapsulated within hardened tree sap for 45 million years

  • 17th place: filamentous strands of Nostoc cyanobacteria captured inside a gelatinous matrix. (4x objective lens magnification)

    Filamentous strands of Nostoc cyanobacteria captured inside a gelatinous matrix

  • 15th place: a diatom, or single-celled algae (Arachnoidiscus)

    Diatom

  • 14th place: a snowflake (4x objective lens magnification)

    Snowflake

  • 12th place: a breast organoid showing contractile myoepithelial cells (blue) crawling on secretory breast cells (red)

    Breast organoid showing contractile myoepithelial cells (blue) crawling on secretory breast cells (red)

  • Seventh place: the head of a tick

    Head of a tick

  • Ninth place: a water flea carrying embryos and peritrichs

    Water flea (Daphnia) carrying embryos and peritrichs

  • Eighth place: a cross-section of mouse intestine

    A cross-section of mouse intestine

  • Sixth place: a 3D vasculature of an adult mouse brain (somatosensory cortex)

    3D vasculature of an adult mouse brain (somatosensory cortex)

  • Fourth place: a sensory neuron from an embryonic rat

    Sensory neuron from an embryonic rat

  • Honourable mention: blood cells associated with the heart of a fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) (40x objective lens magnification)

    Blood cells associated with the heart of a fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster)

  • Honourable mention: mould on top of a cherry stem (image stacking, reflected light, 2x objective lens magnification)

    Mould on top of a cherry stem

  • Honourable mention: a water flea swimming near a reed stalk

    Water flea swimming near a reed stalk

  • Honourable mention: epithelial cells covering the intestine villi (confocal, fluorescence. 63x objective lens magnification)

    Epithelial cells covering the intestine villi

  • Honourable mention: the hind leg of a male frog-legged beetle (Sagra buqueti)

    Hind leg of a male frog-legged beetle (Sagra buqueti)

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