View the winning images of the 2015 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. First place was awarded to Australian Ralph Grimm for his close-up image of a bee eye covered in dandelion pollen grains. Grimm is a high school teacher, self-taught photomicrographer and former beekeeper. While bee colonies continue to dwindle worldwide, Grimm hopes his image can serve as a voice for these insects that play such a critical function in pollinating the world’s crops. This year’s competition received over 2,000 entries from more than 83 countries.
The top five images from this year’s competition include:
- Ralph Claus Grimm, Eye of a honey bee (Apis mellifera) covered in dandelion pollen.
- Kristen Earle, Gabriel Billings, KC Huang & Justin Sonnenburg, Mouse colon colonized with human microbiota.
- Igor Siwanowicz, Intake of a humped bladderwort (Utricularia gibba), a freshwater carnivorous plant.
- Daniel H. Miller & Ethan S. Sokol, Lab-grown human mammary gland organoid.
- Giorgio Seano & Dr. Rakesh K. Jain, Live imaging of perfused vasculature in a mouse brain with glioblastoma.
The panel of judges who selected the winning images included:
- Jacqueline Howard, Science Associate Editor, Huffington Post
- Ernie Mastroianni, Photo Editor, Discover Magazine
- Dr. Tim Mitchison, Vice-chair of the Department, and Co-chair of the Ph.D. program in Systems Biology, Harvard Faculty and Sciences in Cambridge
- Dr. Hari Shroff, Chief and Tenure-track investigator, Section on High-Resolution Optical Imaging, at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
Free with NYSCI admission. Click here to view the online gallery.
Image shown: Eye of a Honey Bee by Ralph Claus Grimm