Nikon Small World and Nikon Small World in Motion Call for Entries

Nikon Instruments Inc. has announced that April 30th is the deadline for photomicrographers, scientists, artists, and the public to submit images for the 38th annual Nikon Small World competition, as well as the 2nd annual Nikon Small World in Motion contest.

The oldest and most respected competition of its kind, Nikon Small World celebrates the world's best photomicrographers, who successfully find the intersection of art and science under the microscope by using a variety of sophisticated microscopy techniques.

Nikon Small World in Motion is a sister competition, exploring the exciting new trend in digital photomicrography of recording movies or digital time-lapse photography through the microscope. Movies are judged on the merit of being visually outstanding as well as depicting the intersection of science and art.

"Year after year, we prove that there is no better barometer for competitive scientific imaging than the Nikon Small World competition," said Eric Flem, communications manager for Nikon Instruments Inc. "And with the incredible work we saw in our inaugural Nikon Small World in Motion contest, we are very excited to see how our entrants continue to raise the bar when it comes to imagery under the microscope."

Entries for both images and movies will be judged by top industry experts and distinguished scientific media on a variety of criteria including originality, informational content, technical proficiency and visual impact. Entrants may use any brand of equipment to create their images.

Winners of the competition receive international attention in leading scientific and general interest publications and websites. In previous years, coverage has appeared in a variety of outlets and programs including The Today Show on NBC,,,, Wired, Nature, Popular Science, Scientific American, and the New York Daily News, as well as a host of international outlets.

Contestants may submit up to three images or movies, either digitally at, or via film at Nikon Small World, 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747-3064. Rules and entry forms are also available at

Imaging entrants with the top 20 photos will receive prizes of Nikon equipment, with first and second prize winners receiving $3,000 and $2,000 worth of equipment respectively. Movies entrants with the top three movies will receive Nikon equipment worth $2,000 for the first prize, $1,000 for the second prize and $500 for the third prize.

Additionally, the winning images will be featured at museums across the country as part of the Nikon Small World Museum Tour.

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