Nikon Small World Exhibit


The Nikon Small World Exhibit is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. Each year, the exhibit travels throughout North America at selected museums and centers for science.

While the physical exhibit space at the Marine Biological Laboratory is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are pleased to provide you with a virtual ticket to the Small World Exhibit and a glimpse into a world that most have never seen—the intersection of art and science as viewed through the lens of a microscope.

This year’s exhibit is particularly special as the 1st place image of a turtle embryo and the 19th place octopus embryo were each captured in the MBL Embryology course.

1st Place - Fluorescent turtle embryo
Teresa Zgoda & Teresa Kugler, Campbell Hall, New York, USA
Stereomicroscopy, Fluorescence - 5x (Objective Lens Magnification)
2nd Place - Depth-color coded projections of three stentors (single-cell freshwater protozoans)
Dr. Igor Siwanowicz, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia, USA
Confocal - 40x (Objective Lens Magnification)
3rd Place - Alligator embryo developing nerves and skeleton
Daniel Smith Paredes & Dr. Bhart-Anjan S. Bhullar, Yale University, Department of Geology and Geophysics, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Immunofluorescence - 10x (Objective Lens Magnification)
4th Place - Male mosquito
Jan Rosenboom, Universität Rostock, Rostock, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Germany
Focus Stacking - 6.3x (Objective Lens Magnification)
5th Place - Snowflake
Caleb Foster, Caleb Foster Photography, Jericho, Vermont, USA
Transmitted Light - 4x (Objective Lens Magnification)
6th Place - Small white hair spider
Javier Rupérez, Almáchar, Málaga, Spain
Reflected Light, Image Stacking - 20x (Objective Lens Magnification)
7th Place - Chinese red carnation stamen
Dr. Guillermo López López, Alicante, Spain
Focus Stacking - 3x (Objective Lens Magnification)
8th Place - Frozen water droplet
Garzon Christian, Quintin, Cotes-d’Armor, France
Incident Light - 8x (Objective Lens Magnification)
9th Place - Tulip bud cross section
Andrei Savitsky, Cherkassy, Ukraine
Reflected Light - 1x (Objective Lens Magnification)
10th Place - BPAE cells in telophase stage of mitosis
Jason M. Kirk, Baylor College of Medicine, Optical Imaging & Vital Microscopy Core, Houston, Texas, USA
Confocal with Enhanced Resolution - 63x (Objective Lens Magnification)
11th Place - A pair of ovaries from an adult Drosophila female stained for F-actin (yellow) and nuclei (green); follicle cells are marked by GFP (magenta)
Dr. Yujun Chen & Dr. Jocelyn McDonald, Kansas State University Department of Biology, Manhattan, Kansas, USA
Confocal - 10x (Objective Lens Magnification)
12th Place - Mosquito larva
Anne Algar, Hounslow, Middlesex, United Kingdom
Darkfield, Polarizing Light, Image Stacking - 4x (Objective Lens Magnification)
13th Place - Cuprite (mineral composed of copper oxide)
Dr. Emilio Carabajal Márquez, Madrid, Spain
Focus Stacking - 20x (Objective Lens Magnification)
14th Place - Female Oxyopes dumonti (lynx) spider
Antoine Franck, CIRAD - Agricultural Research for Development, Saint Pierre, Réunion
Focus Stacking - 1x (Objective Lens Magnification)
15th Place - Pregnant Daphnia magna (small planktonic crustacean)
Marek Miś, Marek Miś Photography, Suwalki, Podlaskie, Poland
Modified Darkfield, Polarized Light, Image Stacking - 4x (Objective Lens Magnification)
16th Place - Housefly compound eye pattern
Dr. Razvan Cornel Constantin, Bucharest, Romania
Focus Stacking, Reflected Light - 50x (Objective Lens Magnification)
17th Place - Vitamin C
Karl Deckart, Eckental, Bavaria, Germany
Brightfield, Polarized Light - 4x (Objective Lens Magnification)
18th Place - Cristobalite crystal suspended in its quartz mineral host
E. Billie Hughes, Lotus Gemology, Bangkok, Thailand
Darkfield, 40x (Objective Lens Magnification)
19th Place - Octopus bimaculoides embryo
Martyna Lukoseviciute & Dr. Carrie Albertin, University of Oxford Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Confocal, Image Stitching - 5x (Objective Lens Magnification)
20th Place - Blood vessels of a murine (mouse) heart following myocardial infarction (heart attack)
Simon Merz, Lea Bornemann & Sebastian Korste, University Hospital Essen, Institute for Experimental Immunology & Imaging Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Tissue Clearing, Light Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy - 2x (Objective Lens Magnification)