The results from the 2009 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition are in. They are as mesmerizing and funky as always, starting with the winner: A water flea from planet Zortax photographed with confocal laser scanning microscopy. Here's the Top 20:

The winning image—Daphnia atkinsoni or water flea—was taken by Dr. Jan Michels, at the Christian Albrecht University of Kiel, Institute of Zoology, Kiel, Germany. [Olympus]