For the past 41 years, photographers have showcased their best images of subjects captured under the microscope in the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. On Wednesday, Nikon announced the winners of this year's competition, and former beekeeper and Australian high school teacher Ralph Grimm won the top prize after seeing eye-to-eye with a honeybee.
Grimm's striking image reveals an incredibly detailed honeybee eye coated with dandelion pollen, magnified 120x. This image and 87 others chosen by the judges (Discover photo editor Ernie Mastroianni was among them) for the competition help us see the hidden world in a new way every year. Here's a look at some of the other winners, and a few of our favorites from the competition.
Evan Darling, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, photographed the underside of this tiny Starfish at 10x. The image placed 7th.
You can view all 88 winners online now at www.nikonsmallworld.com.