This image of a hippocampal neuron receiving excitatory contacts (magnified 63X) – taken by Dr Kieran Boyle of the University of Glasgow, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, Glasgow, Scotland, UK – came 5th in the Nikon Small World 2013 competition. Fluorescence and confocal techniques were used to capture this shot.
Image credit: Dr Kieran Boyle | 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.