The Best Ten Micro Photographs of 2012

Nikon has announced the winners of their classic photomicrography competition. All the entries are spectacular, but these are the very best, the top ten.

Still, my favorite is the alien embryos photo. Perfect for Halloween.


10th place: Brittle star (8x) by Dr. Alvaro Migotto

The Best Ten Micro Photographs of 2012


9th place: Myrmica sp. (ant) carrying its larva (5x) by Geir Drange

The Best Ten Micro Photographs of 2012


8th place: Pleurobrachia sp. (sea gooseberry) larva (500x) by Gerd A. Guenther

The Best Ten Micro Photographs of 2012


7th place: Eye organ of a Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) third-instar larvae (60x) by Dr. Michael John Bridge

The Best Ten Micro Photographs of 2012


6th place: Cosmarium sp. (desmid) near a Sphagnum sp. leaf (100x) by Marek Miś

The Best Ten Micro Photographs of 2012


5th place: Cacoxenite (mineral) from La Paloma Mine, Spain (18x) by Honorio Cócera-La Parra

The Best Ten Micro Photographs of 2012


4th place: Drosophila melanogaster visual system halfway through pupal development, showing retina (gold), photoreceptor axons (blue), and brain (green) (1500x) by Dr. W. Ryan Williamson

The Best Ten Micro Photographs of 2012


3rd place: Human bone cancer (osteosarcoma) showing actin filaments (purple), mitochondria (yellow), and DNA (blue) (63x) by Dr. Dylan Burnette

The Best Ten Micro Photographs of 2012


2nd place: Live newborn lynx spiderlings (6x) by Walter Piorkowski

The Best Ten Micro Photographs of 2012


1st place: The blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo (20x) by Dr. Jennifer L. Peters & Dr. Michael R. Taylor

The Best Ten Micro Photographs of 2012

Don't like these? Go to Nikon's Smallworld site, pick your own favorite and post it in the comments.