- Participants of Nikon’s “Small World” photography competition presented many microscopic works, from the feathers of the sea buckthorn plant to the optic nerves of rodents.
- Organizers said that this competition, which was founded in 1974 and held annually, received approximately 1,900 entries from 72 countries this year. Photos; It was evaluated based on originality, information content, technical proficiency and visual impact.
Microscopic photography has the power to reveal the world hidden under the microscope. Nikon’s Small World Photo Contest has been hosting the best photographs of small worlds for 49 years.
This year’s winning photo was taken by researcher Hassanain Qambari, with help from Jayden Dickinson of the Lion’s Eye Institute, a vision research center in Perth, Australia. Pictured is a rodent retina centered on the optic nerve, which transmits information between the eye and the brain.
“This photo gives an idea of which structures are in operation and how much energy is used from the moment we open our eyes,” Qambari said. says.
Red, yellow, and green lines reveal the molecular inner workings of this critical nerve. It offers an unprecedented view that could help researchers understand how to treat a condition called diabetic retinopathy. In humans, this condition causes vision to become blurred and then disappear completely. Early diagnosis of the disease can help stop it, and the better doctors can see inside the eye, the better they can understand its complex inner workings, and these insights can save a person from blindness.
Some other images in the competition are as follows:
Compiled by: Damla Şayan