Nikon 2015 Photomicrography Competition Winner

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The results of Nikon’s annual Small World Photomicrography Competition are in.

The 2015 winner is Ralph Grimm from Australia whose Reflected Light photograph titled Eye of a honey bee (Apis mellifera) covered in dandelion pollen (120x)” was the favorite of the judges. He took home a $3,000 cash prize toward the purchase of Nikon equipment. 

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Photo: Ralph Grimm, Nikon Small World

Grimm is a high school teacher, a self-taught photomicrographer and a former beekeeper. “In a way I feel as though this gives us a glimpse of the world through the eye of a bee,” he explains about his photo. “It’s a subject of great sculptural beauty, but also a warning- that we should stay connected to our planet, listen to the little creatures like bees, and find a way to protect the earth that we all call home.”

Since 1975, Nikon has been holding its International Small World Competition with the goal of celebrating photography through the light microscope.

Every year, the top 20 photographs are displayed at museums and science centers in the United States and Canada, as well as on Nikon’s MicroscopyU educational forum for photomicrography.

Click here for more information about the competition and here to see the top 20 photographs of each year.