2021 Nikon Small World and Small World in Motion scientific imaging competition

Nikon Small World is the leading photographic competition for imagery taken through the light microscope. It's one of the longest running and most prestigious photographic competitions with a gallery of thousands of winning microscope images dating back to 1975. The Nikon Small World in Motion branch of the competition was added in 2011 for MOVIES taken through the microscope. Each of these two contests are entered separately, judged separately and all prizes are unique to each respective competition.
Why should you enter?
  • The prizes. 2021 grand prize winners in the Nikon Small World AND the Nikon Small World in Motion competitions will each win $3,000 in cash. Cash prizes are awarded for top 20, Honorable Mention and Image of Distinction for Small World and Top 5 and Honorable Mention for Small World in Motion. Qualified entrants will receive a Nikon Small World Calendar just for entering.
  • The exposure. Winning images along with the names/affiliations of the artists are viewed by hundreds of millions of people each year, with the contest and winners being featured on major media outlets such as ABC News, CBS News, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Google, Yahoo, CBS Sunday Morning, Popular Science, and USA Today just to name a few. The winning Small World image also graces the cover of Nature Methods.
  • Make your mark. It is also an excellent way to become part of scientific imaging history. Your name and image will join the Small World winner’s gallery, with images and winners dating back to 1975 (2011 for Small World in Motion).
The deadline for entries is April 30, 2021. We look forward to seeing your images in the contest. You can read the rules/restrictions and view the prize details on our Nikon Small World upload portal.
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