Nikon's Small World"?After All

Competition fuses photography and science

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Founded 30 years ago as a way to fuse the art of photography and science, Nikon's Small World Photomicrography Competition has attracted entries from across the globe--Estonia to Australia and Edison, NJ to Cheney, WA. And now there is a touring exhibit of lasts year's winning images. Enjoy this art under the microscope:

-- Until December 31, 2004 - Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

-- Until December 14, 2004 - Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa, FL.

-- Until December 5, 2004 - The Science Place, Dallas, TX.

-- December 29 to January 31, 2005 - John Conner Museum at Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX.

For the annual contest, the photomicrographic images must be taken using a light microscope, but use of Nikon equipment is not required. Any type of specimen and all techniques of light microscopy are acceptable. The website also has a calendar of winning images available for purchase.

The above image by Loes Modderman of Science Art, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, is crystallized caustic soda (cleaning agent), Glauber's salt, (multi-purpose chemical), and D76 (a photochemical). Magnified 40x under polarized light. It was the 20th place winner in the 2003 contest. (Nikon Microscopy U:

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