This close-up image of crocus pollen and stigmate (40x) – captured by Frederic Labaune of the Education Nationale in Auxonne, France – was one of the Images of Distinction in the Nikon Small World 2013 competition. Episcopy and stacking techniques were used to capture this shot.
Image credit: Frederic Labaune | Nikon Small World
Small World is regarded as a leading showcase for the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. For 39 years, Nikon has rewarded the world’s best photomicrographers, acknowledging their critically important scientific contributions to life sciences, bio-research and materials science.