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. The Marine Biological Laboratory is pleased to be the only Massachusetts stop on the exhibit tour.

Exhibit Hours:

Open until October 3rd, Monday-Friday, from 7am-7pm in the 2nd floor lobby of the Swope Building, 5 North Street, Woods Hole, MA.

Free and open to the public.



1st Place – Yousef Al Habshi Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Eye of a Metapocyrtus subquadrulifer beetle Reflected Light 20x (objective lens magnification)
2nd Place - Rogelio Moreno Panama, Panama Fern sorus (structures producing and containing spores) Autofluorescence 10x (objective lens magnification)
3rd Place - Saulius Gugis Naperville, Illinois, USA Spittlebug nymph in its bubble house Focus Stacking 5x (objective lens magnification)
4th Place - Can Tunçer İzmir, Turkey Peacock feather section Focus Stacking 5x (objective lens magnification)
5th Place - Dr. Tessa Montague Harvard University, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA Parasteatoda tepidariorum (spider embryo) stained for embryo surface (pink), nuclei (blue) and microtubules (green) Confocal 20x (objective lens magnification)
6th Place - Hanen Khabou Vision Institute, Department of Therapeutics Paris, France Primate foveola (central region of the retina) Fluorescence 40x (objective lens magnification)
7th Place - Norm Barker Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Pathology & Art as Applied to Medicine Baltimore, Maryland, USA Human tear drop Darkfield 5x (objective lens magnification)
8th Place - Pia Scanlon Government of Western Australia, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development South Perth, Western Australia, Australia Portrait of Sternochetus mangiferae (mango seed weevil) Stereomicroscopy, Image Stacking 1x (objective lens magnification)
9th Place - Dr. Haris Antonopoulos Athens, Greece Security hologram Darkfield Epi-illumination 10x (objective lens magnification)
10th Place - Dr. Csaba Pintér University of Pannonia, Georgikon Faculty, Department of Plant Protection Keszthely, Hungary Stalks with pollen grains Focus Stacking 3x (objective lens magnification)
11th Place - Nilay Taneja & Dr. Dylan Burnette Vanderbilt University, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology Nashville, Tennessee, USA Human fibroblast undergoing cell division, showing actin (gray), myosin II (green) and DNA (magenta) Structured Illumination Microscopy 60x (objective lens magnification)
12th Place - Luciano Andres Richino Punto NEF Photography Ramos Mejia, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina Urania ripheus (butterfly) wing scales Image Stacking 20x (objective lens magnification)
13th Place - Charles Krebs Charles Krebs Photography Issaquah, Washington, USA Balanus glandula (acorn barnacle) Autofluorescence 5x (objective lens magnification)
14th Place - Andrew Moore & Dr. Erika Holzbaur University of Pennsylvania, Department of Physiology Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA African green monkey cell (COS-7) stained for actin and microtubules Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) Microscopy 100x (objective lens magnification)
15th Place - Antoine Franck CIRAD - Agricultural Research for Development Saint Pierre, Réunion, Reunion Island Varroa destructor (mite) on the back of Apis mellifera (honeybee) Focus Stacking 1x (objective lens magnification)
16th Place - Dr. Amanda D. Phillips Yzaguirre Salk Institute for Biological Studies La Jolla, California, USA Mouse oviduct vasculature Confocal 10x (objective lens magnification)
17th Place - Caleb Dawson The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Department of Stem Cells and Cancer Melbourne, Australia Breast tissue in lactation: Milk filled spheres (red) surrounded by tiny muscle cells that squeeze out milk (yellow) and immune cells that monitor for infection (blue) 3D Confocal Microscopy 63x (objective lens magnification)
18th Place - Justin Zoll Justin Zoll Photography Ithaca, New York, USA Amino acid crystals (L-glutamine and beta-alanine) Polarized Light, Image Tiling 4x (objective lens magnification)
19th Place - Pierre Anquet La Tour-du-Crieu, Ariège, France Vespa velutina (Asian hornet) with venom on its stinger Reflected Light, Focus Stacking 6.3x (objective lens magnification)
20th Place - Dr. Nicolás Cuenca & Isabel Ortuño-Lizarán University of Alicante, Department of Physiology, Genetics and Microbiology San Vicente del Raspeig, Alicante, Spain Human retina Immunocytochemistry and Confocal Microscopy 40x (objective lens magnification)