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The Nikon Small World Competition

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Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. For over 30 years, Nikon has rewarded the world’s best photomicrographers who make critically important scientific contributions to life sciences, bio-research and materials science.

The subject matter is unrestricted and any type of light microscopy technique is acceptable, including phase contrast, polarized light, fluorescence, interference contrast, darkfield, confocal, deconvolution, and mixed techniques.

Prizes (money toward the purchase of Nikon equipment):

  • 1st Prize $3,000
  • 2nd Prize $2,000
  • 3rd Prize $1,000
  • 4th Prize $800
  • 5th Prize $600
  • 6th Prize $400
  • 7th–10th Prizes $250
  • 11th–20th Prizes $100
  • Honorable Mentions

Judging criteria:

  • originality
  • informational content
  • technical proficiency
  • visual impact

Photomicrographs must be taken using a light microscope, such as one of the Nikon series of compound or stereoscopic microscopes. Prizewinners will be notified by August 15, 2012.

Image requirements: Maximum file size is 100MB, and it is recommended the file size be no smaller than 3MB although smaller file sizes will not be disqualified. Files format: .jpeg, .tiff, .pict or .psd

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.nikonsmallworld.com

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