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Nikon 2011 Small World Photomicrography Competition

Scientists, photographers and photomicrographers have until April 30th to submit images taken through the light microscope for consideration in the 37th Annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition

Any type of specimen is acceptable. All techniques of light microscopy are acceptable: brightfield, darkfield, phase contrast, interference contrast, fluorescence, Rheinberg, confocal, deconvolution, mixed techniques, etc.

Entries will be jud2ged on: a) Originality, b) Informational Content, c) Technical Proficiency, d) Visual Impact


2010 11th Prize winner - Dr Paul D. Andrews
University of Dundee - Dundee, Tayside, United Kingdom
Specimen: Two Telophase HeLa Cells (100x)
Technique: Wide-Field Deconvolution, Restoration Microscopy


Prize Details: 1st Prize – $3,000 – toward the purchase of Nikon equipment. In addition, the winner will be invited to attend an awards presentation ceremony in New York City as Nikon’s special guest.

2nd Prize – $2,000 – toward the purchase of Nikon equipment.

3rd Prize – $1,000 – toward the purchase of Nikon equipment.

4th Prize – $ 800 – toward the purchase of Nikon equipment.

5th Prize – $ 700 – toward the purchase of Nikon equipment.

6th Prize – $ 600 – toward the purchase of Nikon equipment.

7th - 10th Prizes – $ 400 – toward the purchase of Nikon equipment.

11th - 20th Prizes – $ 300 – toward the purchase of Nikon equipment.

Honorable Mentions – A Commemorative Print.

Eligibility: Photomicrographs must be taken using a light microscope

Copyright: No Copyright Policy

Usage Rights: If your entry is selected by Nikon as a winning image/images, you will give non-exclusive rights to Nikon to use your name and the image in connection with the competition as deemed appropriate by Nikon.


2011 - 5th Prize - Mr. Viktor Sykora
Charles University - Prague, Czech Republic
Specimen: Seed of a Strelitzia reginae (10x)
Technique: Darkfield Illumination


Visit the Nikon Small World official site, here


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