Best microscopic photos of the past 35 years

Wired Science rounds up the winners of the past 35 years' worth of Nikon prizes for excellence in microscopic photography. These are just stunning. Shown here: 2001: Fresh water rotifer feeding among debris (200x), Darkfield. / Harold TaylorKensworth, UK.

35 Years of the World's Best Microscope Photography (Thanks, @timoreilly!)


  1. When I was in the 8th grade I looked through a microscope for the first time, at some pond scum. We weren’t expected to find something so amazing, but I found a multi-celled thing that looked just like this, but it had a long trunk that telescoped, quite literally, in and out and it fed. Mind blown, permanently.

  2. I think we’ve found the point where hubble’s and microscopic photography’s images finally meet. the dalai lama was right- it’s the universe in a single atom!… or cell.. or whatever.

  3. I thought the crystals of influenza virus was a spectacle of color
    not unlike bizmuth which shows a chromic finish


  4. Every time I see microscopic photography it takes me a week before I’m comfortable getting wet in any way.

  5. When I first saw the shot, I thought it was a microscopic bug set against a backdrop of a Hubble nebula photo. “Cool”, I thought. “Cool”, I still think.

  6. Am I the only one who sees a Hello Kitty head in the bottom half of the organism? It’s kind of zombified. OK, been reading too much Boing. Be back later. :-)

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