This year’s Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition is soon to announce its 2016 winners, so how about a look through some of the eye-catching candidates?
Nikon’s ‘small world’ is a photography competition like no other, taking the microscopic and plastering it on the main stage.
Open to those interested in microscopy and photography, it brings images with obscure lead characters together with scale – sometimes small, often smaller still.
Founded in 1972, the long-running competition has historically thrown up some outstanding images, with a selection of this year’s finalists showcased below.
Judging was completed during the summer, with a panel including Rachel Link, producer of National Geographic, and Dr Joe Hanson, science writer and science show host in the US.
“This judging panel perfectly reflects the spirit and growth of the competition,” said Eric Flem, communications manager at Nikon Instruments.
“As the competition has evolved with both scientific research and technology advancements throughout the decades, we are excited to have a panel that can speak to the scientific integrity, artistic quality, and photo and video production techniques that each entry encompasses.”
This year’s event will see winners announced tomorrow (19 October), with the organisers’ Instagram page revealing all at 4.00pm IST.
This year, there’s an additional competition to find out what the public likes best, lasting a little longer. You can vote for your favourite image here.
If microscopy is not your thing, there’s always the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards, for which we previously looked through the early candidates.
With more than 1,500 entries last year, the project is a novel way to promote animal conservation throughout the globe. Julian Rad’s ‘Rush Hour’ image of a hamster on the run took last year’s prize in the inaugural edition of the now annual event.