Nikon Small World Photo Contest has been held for the 36th year and attracts participants from around the world. Photos in this release was made amateur photographers, professionals and scientists with a microscope. The jury selected 137 finalists already, the purpose of which - "recognition of the importance and beauty of photographs taken through a microscope." Four judges will choose the winners in the next month, and now we offer you a look at the brightest members.
Egg of a butterfly on a flower bud (increase x6). Photo taken in Austin, Texas.
Soap film (magnification x 150). Picture taken in Dusseldorf, Germany. (GERD GUENTHER / BARCROFT MEDIA)
Crystallized soy sauce (magnification x16). Picture taken at the Beijing University of Foreign Languages and Culture. (YANPING WANG / BARCROFT MEDIA)
Part of the jaw spider (increase x10). Picture taken in Knokke, Belgium. (PHILIPPE VERREES / BARCROFT MEDIA)
Seed bird of paradise (increase x10). Picture taken at the Institute of Pathophysiology in Prague. (VIKTOR SYKORA / BARCROFT MEDIA)