The Year's Best Smallest PhotographyS

Every year, Nikon's Small World photomicrography contest collects the very best in microscopic photography, and every year the results are strange, beautiful, and basically impossible to identify. This tiny cosmos, for example, is soap. Soy sauce looks even crazier:

The Year's Best Smallest PhotographyS

Crystallized soy sauce, to be exact. Betsy Mason, one of this year's judges, hand-picked some of her favorites from this year's pool over at Wired.

The full 2010 set should be up on Nikon's site soon, and in the meantime you can sift through the top entries and help decide the popular vote. The judges' final selections will be announced October 13.

The Year's Best Smallest PhotographyS

Where to go from here? You can simply appreciate how much microscopic beauty is contained in that soy sauce you just dunked your dumpling in, or you can pick up your $10 iPhone microscope and get to work. [Nikon via Wired]

Image credit Nikon Small World