Official winners of the 2012 Nikon Small World Photomicrography competition

  • 1st Place
    Dr Jennifer L Peters and Dr Michael R Taylor
    St Jude Children's Research Hospital
    Memphis, Tennessee USA
    The blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo
    Confocal
    20x
  • 2nd Place
    Walter Piorkowski
    South Beloit, Illinois, USA
    Live newborn lynx spiderlings
    Reflected Light, Fibre Optics, Image Stacking
    6x
  • 3rd Place
    Dr Dylan Burnette
    National Institutes of Health
    Bethesda, Maryland, USA
    Human bone cancer (osteosarcoma) showing actin filaments (purple), mitochondria (yellow), and DNA (blue)
    Structured Illumination Microscopy (SIM)
    63x
  • 4th Place
    Dr W Ryan Williamson
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
    Ashburn, Virginia, USA
    Drosophila melanogaster visual system halfway through pupal development, showing retina (gold), photoreceptor axons (blue), and brain (green)
    Confocal
    1500x
  • 5th Place
    Honorio Cócera-La Parra
    Museum of Geology, Department of Geology
    University of Valencia
    Valencia, Spain
    Cacoxenite (mineral) from La Paloma Mine, Spain
    Transmitted Light
    18x
  • 6th Place
    Marek Mis
    Marek Mis Photography
    Suwalki, Poland
    Cosmarium sp. (desmid) near a Sphagnum sp. Leaf
    Polarized Light
    100x
  • 7th Place
    Dr Michael John Bridge
    HSC Core Research Facilities – Cell Imaging Lab
    University of Utah
    Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
    Eye organ of a Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) third-instar larvae
    Confocal
    60x
  • 8th Place
    Gerd A Guenther
    Düsseldorf, Germany
    Pleurobrachia sp. (sea gooseberry) larva
    Differential Interference Contrast
    500x
  • 9th Place
    Geir Drange
    Asker, Norway
    Myrmica sp. (ant) carrying its larva
    Reflected Light, Image Stacking
    5x
  • 10th Place
    Dr Alvaro Migotto
    University of São Paulo, Centro de Biologia Marinha
    São Paulo, Brazil
    Brittle star
    Stereomicroscopy, Darkfield
    8x
  • 11th Place
    Jessica Von Stetina
    Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
    Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    Single optical section through the tip of the gut of a Drosophila melanogaster larva expressing a reporter for Notch signalling pathway activity (green), and stained with cytoskeletal (red) and nuclear (blue) markers
    Confocal
    25x
  • 12th Place
    Esra Guc
    École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
    Lausanne, Switzerland
    3D lymphangiogenesis assay. Cells sprout from dextran beads embedded in fibrin gel
    Fluorescence, Confocal
    200x
Date:25 October 2012 Tags:,

The winners of the 2012 Nikon Small World Photomicrography competition  were announced on 23 October, with this year’s top honours going to Dr Jennifer Peters and Dr Michael Taylor of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Their photomicrograph, “The blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo” is believed to be the first-ever image showing the formation of the blood-brain barrier in a live animal.

Nikon Small World recognises excellence in photomicrography, honouring Drs Peters and Taylor along with 97 other winners from around the world – some of whom won multiple times – who submitted images that showcase the delicate balance between outstanding scientific technique and exquisite artistic quality.

“Year over year, we receive incredible images from all over the world for the Nikon Small World Competition, and it is our privilege to honour and showcase these talented researchers and photomicrographers,” said Eric Flem, Communications Manager, Nikon Instruments. “We are proud that this competition is able to demonstrate the true power of scientific imaging and its relevance to both the scientific communities as well as the general public.”

First place winners Peters and Taylor partnered to capture the image highlighting their research of the blood brain barrier. “We used fluorescent proteins to look at brain endothelial cells and watched the blood-brain barrier develop in real-time,” said Drs Peters and Taylor. “We took a three-dimensional snapshot under a confocal microscope.  Then, we stacked the images and compressed them into one – pseudo colouring them in rainbow to illustrate depth.”

Browse through the gallery to see the official Top 20 2012 Nikon Small World winners… Let us know which ones are your favourites by posting a comment.

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