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U. of U. Wins 7th for Nikon's Best Microscope Photo of 2012

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2012-10-25 -

Every year, Nikon chooses among thousands of mind-blowing submissions for best microscope photo of the year, and this year an image from the University of Utah’s Cell Imaging Lab nabbed seventh place.

What appears to be a jellyfish from another dimension is actually a microscopic look at the eye organ of a Drosophila Melanogaster, or fruit fly. The image taken by researcher Michael Bridge is pretty damned awesome -- enough to earn the Cell Imaging Lab of the University of Utah’s HSC Core Research facilities a seventh-place finish for Nikon’s 2012 Best Microscope Photo of the Year contest.

For the past four decades, Nikon has held a competition for these otherworldly photos, and this year chose a handful of winners from nearly 2,000 submissions. The U of U’s photo was beat by a first-place photo of the blood-brain barrier of a live Zebrafish embryo, submitted by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

To see the top winners, check out Nikon's SmallWorld Microphotography Winners gallery here.

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