Nikon Small World Contest: Microscope Time Lapse Photos

Are you a tech geek and also a biotech geek? So am I. And we’re not alone. If you ever shoot wild pics and videos through your microscope — you might have a shot at winning the Nokia Small World 2012 microscopy time-lapse video and photo contest. Check out the current winners. Extraordinary. If you’re a biotech geek and a regular tech geek, too, you’re not alone. That’s a typical mix here in Silicon Valley, where the biotech biz is getting huge. So we’ve got a contest you should know about — the Nikon Small World contest.

You have until April 30 to get photos entries into the NikonSmall World 2013 contest sponsored by Microscopy. This is a contest involving timelapse microscope photos. Wow.

To inspire you, check out the remarkable work of previous winners. Evocative stuff.

Here’s the work of a 2011 first prize winner: Anna Franz. This video shows an “ink injection into yolk sac artery of 72-hour-old chick embryo, to visualize the beating heart and vasculature.” Technique: reflected light.

A prize went to Dr. Dominik Paquet for the following video submission. The video is a time lapse movie “of the transport of mitochondria in nerve cells of transgenic zebrafish, with nerve cell membranes labeled in green and mitochondria labeled in blue.” Technique: Widefield fluoroscence microscopy.

And here’s the third place winner: Dr. Ralf Wagner. This award winner is of “water flea, daphnia, playing with volvox.” Technique: Darkfield.