Nikon Small World Exhibit – 2020


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 8th place image of a Chameleon embryo and the 20th place Fruit bat embryo were each captured in the MBL Embryology course. For more information on the winners, please see this post on The Well.

1st Place - Dorsal view of bones and scales (blue) and lymphatic vessels (orange) in a juvenile zebrafish
Daniel Castranova, Dr. Brant Weinstein & Bakary Samasa, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Section on Vertebrate Organogenesis, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Confocal - 4X (Objective Lens Magnification)
2nd Place - Embryonic development of a clownfish (Amphiprion percula) on days 1, 3 (morning and evening), 5, and 9
Daniel Knop, Natur und Tier-Verlag NTV, Oberzent-Airlenbach, Hessen, Germany
Image Stacking - 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)
3rd Place - Tongue (radula) of a freshwater snail
Dr. Igor Siwanowicz, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia, USA
Confocal - 40X (Objective Lens Magnification)
4th Place - Multi-nucleate spores and hyphae of a soil fungus (arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus)
Dr. Vasileios Kokkoris, Dr. Franck Stefani & Dr. Nicolas Corradi University of Ottawa & Agriculture and Agrifood Canada, Department of Biology, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Confocal - 63X (Objective Lens Magnification)
5th Place - Bogong moth
Ahmad Fauzan, Saipem, Jakarta, Indonesia
Image Stacking - 5X (Objective Lens Magnification)
6th Place - Hebe plant anther with pollen
Dr. Robert Markus & Zsuzsa Markus, University of Nottingham School of Life Sciences, Super Resolution Microscopy, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Confocal - 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)
7th Place - Microtubules (orange) inside a cell. Nucleus is shown in cyan.
Jason Kirk, Baylor College of Medicine, Optical Imaging & Vital Microscopy Core, Houston, Texas, USA
Confocal - 63X (Objective Lens Magnification)
8th Place - Chameleon embryo (autofluorescence)
Dr. Allan Carrillo-Baltodano & David Salamanca, Queen Mary University of London, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences London, United Kingdom
Fluorescence -10X (Objective Lens Magnification)
9th Place - Connections between hippocampal neurons (brain cells)
Jason Kirk & Quynh Nguyen, Baylor College of Medicine, Optical Imaging & Vital Microscopy Core, Houston, Texas, USA
Confocal - 63X (Objective Lens Magnification)
10th Place - Daphnia magna (Phyllopoda)
Ahmad Fauzan, Saipem, Jakarta, Indonesia
Image Stacking - 10X (Objective Lens Magnification)
11th Place - Red algae
Dr. Tagide deCarvalho, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Confocal - 63X (Objective Lens Magnification)
12th Place - Human hair
Robert Vierthaler, Pfarrwerfen, Salzburg, Austria
Image Stacking - 20X (Objective Lens Magnification)
13th Place - Crystals formed after heating an ethanol and water solution containing L-glutamine and beta-alanine
Justin Zoll, Justin Zoll Photography, Ithaca, New York, USA
Polarized Light - 4X (Objective Lens Magnification)
14th Place - Leaf roller weevil (Byctiscus betulae) lateral view
Özgür Kerem Bulur, Istanbul, Turkey
Image Stacking, Reflected Light - 3.7X (Objective Lens Magnification)
15th Place - Chain of daughter individuals from the asexually reproducing annelid species Chaetogaster diaphanus
Dr. Eduardo Zattara & Dr. Alexa Bely, CONICET, Instituto Nac. de Investigaciones en Biodiversidad y Medio Ambiente, Bariloche, Rio Negro, Argentina
Brightfield - 5X (Objective Lens Magnification)
16th Place - Nylon stockings
Alexander Klepnev, JSC Radiophysics, Moscow, Russian Federation
Polarized Light - 9X (Objective Lens Magnification)
17th Place - Ventral view of an immature water boatman
Anne Algar, Hounslow, Middlesex, United Kingdom
Darkfield, Image Stacking, Polarized Light - 4X (Objective Lens Magnification)
18th Place - Atlas moth wing
Chris Perani, San Rafael, California, USA
Image Stacking - 10x (Objective Lens Magnification)
19th Place - Silica cell wall of the marine diatom Arachnoidiscus sp.
Dr. Jan Michels, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Department of Functional Morphology and Biomechanics, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Confocal - 50x (Objective Lens Magnification)
20th Place - Skeleton preparation of a short-tailed fruit bat embryo (Carollia perspicillata)
Dr. Dorit Hockman & Dr. Vanessa Chong-Morrison, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa
Brightfield - 1X (Objective Lens Magnification)