Every year, the Nikon Small World competition gathers the best examples of photography that captures things unseen by the naked eye. This year's winner, an exponentially magnified image of a honey bee's pollen-covered eye, is stunning and fascinating from a scientific and photographic perspective.
The first Nikon Small World photomicrography competition was held in 1974 to celebrate and display the science and art of capturing images with a light telescope. Ever since, the contest has generated an unbelievable array of microscopic images. Each year's winner is chosen based on both their technical and photographic skill.
This year's Nikon Small World winning photo, taken by Australian high school teacher Ralph Grimm, was created over the course of four hours, during which Grimm worked on mounting and lighting the honey bee eye and then incrementally adjusting the focus until it was close enough to capture the image.
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