This image of the head of a Chrysopa lacewing – an insect in the large family Chrysopidae – was taken by Ralph Claus Grimm from Jimboomba in Queensland, Australia. The specimen – captured by using the reflected light, or image stacking, technique – has been magnified 130 times. Grimm was awarded an Image of Distinction in the 2012 Nikon Small World competition for his image.
Small World is regarded as a leading showcase for the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. For 38 years, Nikon has rewarded the world’s best photomicrographers, acknowledging their critically important scientific contributions to life sciences, bio-research and materials science.