Small World in Motion

Photo credit: Nikon

There’s plenty going on around us that we can’t see, and the annual Nikon Small World in Motion video contest aims to bring some of that unseen world to light. Starting off, the first place winner captured by Dr. Elizabeth M. Haynes & Jiaye “Henry” He, using Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy (SPIM) at 10x magnification, shows a zebrafish embryo growing its elaborate sensory nervous system (visualized over 16 hours of development). Continue reading for another video and more information.

“The Nikon International Small World Competition launched in 1975 to celebrate photographers who use a light microscope, also known as photomicrographers. In 2011, Nikon announced it would start accepting movies taken through the microscope as a new category. This category, called Small World in Motion accepts any video or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope. Photographers can use any type of light microscopy technique, including phase contrast, polarised light, fluorescence, interference contrast, darkfield, confocal, deconvolution, and mixed techniques, as well as record any subject matter,” reports The Daily Mail.

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