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.