Nikon just announced the winners of the 2018 Small World Photomicrography Competition, and it’s shared some of the winning and honored images with us. The contest invites photographers and scientists to submit images of all things visible under a microscope. Nearly 2,500 entries were received from 89 countries in 2018, the 44th year of the competition.

1. Image of Distinction: A male wasp from Fiji, magnified four times
James Dorey, Adelaide, Australia
2. Honorable Mention: A Charaxes sp. (emperor butterfly) wing, magnified 10 times
Charles Krebs, Issaquah, Washington
3. Fifth Place: A Parasteatoda tepidariorum (spider embryo) stained for embryo surface (pink), nuclei (blue), and microtubules (green), magnified 20 times
Dr. Tessa Montague, Cambridge, Massachusetts
4. Image of Distinction: A Siphonaptera (flea), magnified 20 times
Luciano Andres Richino, Ramos Mejia, Argentina
5. Image of Distinction: A Adiantum capillus-veneris (fern) sporangium, the enclosure in which spores are formed, magnified 10 times
Ou Zhilei, Guagndong, China
6. Image of Distinction: Human neurons in a culture from Parkinson's patients, magnified 40 times
Dr. Regis Grailhe, Nasia Antoniou, Dr. Rebecca Matsas, Seongnam, South Korea
7. First Place: The eye of a Metapocyrtus subquadrulifer beetle, magnified 20 times
Yousef Al Habshi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
8. Twelfth Place: Urania ripheus (butterfly) wing scales, magnified 20 times
Luciano Andres Richino, Ramos Mejia, Argentina
9. Honorable Mention: Bubbles and a single cloth fiber (red) on a rock surface, magnified 10 times
Walter Piorkowski, South Beloit, Illinois
10. Eighth Place: A portrait of a Sternochetus mangiferae (mango seed weevil), magnified one time
Pia Scanlon, South Perth, Australia
11. Third Place: A spittlebug nymph in its bubble house, magnified five times
Saulius Gugis, Naperville, Illinois
12. Second Place: Fern sorus, structures producing and containing spores, magnified 10 times
Rogelio Moreno, Panama City, Panama
13. Image of Distinction: A mite on an antenna of a May bug, magnified four times
Emre Can Alagöz, Istanbul, Turkey
14. Image of Distinction: Bryum hornum (moss) antheridia (sex organ) and paraphyses (support structures), magnified 20 times
Magdalena Turzanska, Wroclaw, Poland
15. Nineteenth Place: A Vespa velutina (Asian hornet) with venom on its stinger, magnified 6.3 times
Pierre Anquet, La Tour-du-Crieu, France
16. Image of Distinction: Goethite (iron oxide) needles on quartz from the Marmoraton Mine in Ontario, Canada, magnified 10 times
Michael Bainbridge, Minden, Ontario, Canada
17. Honorable Mention: A chameleon embryo, magnified five times
Teresa Zgoda, Campbell Hall, New York
18. Image of Distinction: Floscularia rotifer feeding, magnified 20 times
Rogelio Moreno, Panama City, Panama
19. Image of Distinction: A rotting willow leaf, magnified 3.7 times
Murat Öztürk, Ankara, Turkey
20. Image of Distinction: Fern sori, structures producing and containing spores, magnified four times
Waldo Nell, Delta, British Columbia, Canada
21. Image of Distinction: A parasitic larva (from the Ichneumonidae wasp family) feeding on a spider abdomen, magnified 20 times
Dr. Matyas Molnar, Uppsala, Sweden
22. Image of Distinction: A wilted flower, magnified four times
Samuel Silberman, Yahud-Monoson, Israel
23. Thirteenth Place: Balanus glandula (acorn barnacle), magnified five times
Charles Krebs, Issaquah, Washington
24. Honorable Mention: A Daphnia (water flea) with eggs, magnified four times
Anne Algar, Hounslow, United Kingdom