Raras imagens além do olho nu …
By Trystan L. Bass and Lori Bongiorno
Posted Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:25pm PDT
The annual SmallWorld Photomicrography Competition sponsored by Nikon aims to showcase “thebeauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope.”
Indeed, the 2010 winningphotographs reveal what’s not seen or visible to the human eye. While manyof the stunning images were taken to advance science, some are just simplybeautiful to look at.
The following photos were amongst this year’s 20 winners,but you can see hundreds of gorgeous photos featured from previous years as well. Somewinning photographs are ondisplay at museums across the country. You can also learn how to create yourown masterpieces.
(Photo: Dr. Paul D. Andrews, University of Dundee, Scotland)
Above is a picture of two human cancer cells sitting next toeach other right before they’re about to divide into four cells. They’rederived from the now famous “HeLa” line of cancer cells, which were taken fromHenrietta Lacks in 1951 and used for medical research without her permission. “Understandinghow cells divide is critical to understanding how cancerous cells multiply andtake over,” according to Dr. Andrews.
(Photo: Dr. Gregory Rouse, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California, U.S.)
Dr. Rouse is a marine biologist who started taking photosthrough a microscope to raise awareness of “the spectacular beauty that lieshidden in the sands of the sea.” The baby bivalve, which is part of the Limidaefamily, was swimming like a scallop by clapping its shells together when thephoto was taken.
(Photo: Gerd Guenther, Dusseldorf, Germany)
You can see colors of soap bubbles with the naked eye, butthe colors are so much more intense and beautiful under the microscope. Thephoto above was taken right before the soap film collapsed. Guenther is an organicfarmer in Dusseldorf, Germany, who takes microphotos as part of his work — to geta closer look at plants — and for the fun of it.
(Photo: Yanping Wang, Beijing Planetarium, China)
Wang is a screenwriter who was inspired to take microphotosas a hobby when she looked at snowflakes under a microscope. Here she shows thedetails of traditional Chinese soy sauce. Wang chose this particular imagebecause it’s the only soy sauce crystal that resembles a human face.
(Photo: Charles Krebs, Washington, U.S.)
Krebs is a professional photographer who specializes insmall insects. Here he shows a Ichneumon wasp compound eye magnified 40 times.