Nikon's Photomicrography comp finalists are mind numbingly awesome
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These Nikon Small World Photomicrography competition finalists are mind numbingly awesome

Every year, Nikon runs its annual Small World Photomicrography competition which celebrates photography that inspects that world at a scale not visible to the human eye, i.e. through a magnifying glass or microscope.

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Sometimes bigger definitely isn’t better. Check out the 2016 finalists for the Nikon Small World Photomicrography competition below.

As technology progresses, the comp gets more and more fascinating and 2016 – its 42nd year straight – is no exception.

Many of the shots examine the natural world in a way that is difficult to even imagine. Amongst the finalists you’ll see images of centipede fangs, dragonfly larva and the embryo of a zebrafish, plus a melange of other weird and wonderful macro oddities. Check out some below!

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Wildflower stamens
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Zebrafish embryo
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Coffee crystals
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Goatsbread flower
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Retinal ganglion cell
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Teepee Canyon Agate
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Dragonfly larve
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Leaves of sinaginella

Check out all of the finalists here.

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