The nature photography contests they are really attractive, since they immortalize beautiful images, which are not always available to our retinas. Not everyone can go to the place where some of the portrayed scenes are located. In addition, the skill with which the contestants capture them is noteworthy. But at least they capture what the eye can see. At the other extreme are contests such as Small World Competition, from Nikon, whose applicants present photos under the microscope, in which there are many details that, despite being in front of us, are invisible to us.
There are many competitions of this type, but none as long as this one, which this year already reaches its 47th edition, according to IFLScience.
But in all this time the ideas of the contestants have not been exhausted, who have increasingly better techniques at their disposal to obtain such wonderful snapshots as these. top ten ranked.
What a leaf hides
The first position in this contest for photos under the microscope has been for Jason kirk, by an image in which it is represented a sheet with great detail.
Specifically, it is a Oak Leaf, in which we can differentiate the trichomes, in white, the stomata, in purple, and the cups, in blue. Trichomes are hair-like structures, which, for example, protect leaves from the attack of light or abrasions. Stomata, on the other hand, are small pores that allow gas exchange between the inside and outside of the plant. And finally, the glasses help transport the water. Therefore, we can see a wide range of very useful tools for the plant in a single beautiful photograph.
Microscope photos of a network of neurons
Esmeralda Paric and Holly Stefen
The second prize has been won Esmeralda Paric and Holly Stefen, for a beautiful image in which you see a wide network of neurons. In total there are about 300,000, separated into two sections, joined by the neuronal axons themselves, which are that kind of tail through which nerve impulses are conducted from one neuron to another.
A louse, as you have never seen
The photos under the microscope can also be of something that we can see with the naked eye, but with much more detail. It is the case of lice. In this case, the winner of the third prize, Frank Reiser, has immortalized a pig louse. And he has done it in such detail that his claw and insides can be seen.
It’s not a wig, it’s a neuron
The fourth ranked among all the photos under the microscope has been an image taken by Paula Diaz. You might think that it is a hair dyed with colors in the wind, but in reality it is a mouse sensory neuron.
These are neurons that receive signals through external stimuli and convert them into electrical impulses. That is, they convert external stimuli into internal stimuli.
Photos under the microscope of flies
We have all seen photos of a fly under the microscope, but perhaps not with such a beautiful representation as the one it does here Oliver Dum, the fifth classified.
In his photograph it is clearly seen the proboscis of a house fly. That is, the elongated appendage of their head with which they suck the substances on which they feed.
More mouse brain images
Photos under the microscope in black and white they can also be very pretty. It is the case of this of Andrea Tedesch, which has been in sixth position. In it, you can see the Three-dimensional vasculature of a mouse brain.
The tick, even more fearsome
Tong Zhang and Paul Stoodley
The ticks They are one of those literally tiny but bullies. We are increasingly aware of the importance of inspecting ourselves well when we return from the field, in case one of them had decided to come home with us. And, although there are some that do not transmit diseases, others can transmit conditions such as Lyme disease or Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, of which several cases have been detected in Spain in recent years.
In the seventh place in the microscope photo contest we can see the head of a tick, so closely that it is even more terrifying than it already seems to us. They have taken it Tong Zhang and Paul Stoodley.
In the photos under the microscope you can see beautiful up to the intestine of a mouse. A good example of this is the image of Amy engevik, located in eighth place, in which a cross section of this organ can be seen.
A little big water flea
Jan van Ijken
A water flea measure between 0.5 and 4 millimeters. They are really small animals. However, thanks to the photos under the microscope we can see them in great detail. A good example of this is the ninth classified, presented by Jan van Ijken.
They are not flowers, but microscope photos of butterfly wings
The tenth position of this contest of photos under the microscope has been for a beautiful snapshot, taken by Sébastien Bad. In it you can see something similar to the petals of a flower. But, in reality, it is neither more nor less than the veins and scales that make up the pretty butterflies wings.