Nanotechnology Makes a Small World Even Smaller

Nikon 2004 Gallery of World's Best Photomicrographs Debuts in Times Square;

Museum Tour Launches in January

Oct 06, 2004, 01:00 ET from Nikon Instruments Inc.

    MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The winning image of the 30th
 Annual Nikon International Small World Competition represents a range of new
 possibilities using nanotechnolgy to transform our physical world in ways
 never before imagined. Out of 1,200 images submitted from around the globe,
 only twenty were selected for this year's Small World Photomicrography
 exhibit.  These winners will be recognized tonight at a twilight reception
 held at Good Morning America's Studios in New York's Times Square, where Nikon
 will debut the complete gallery of winning photos set to tour science and art
 museums across the nation beginning January 1, 2005.
     The top three images include Mr. Seth Coe-Sullivan's image, a spiderwort
 flower anther and immature pollen by Dr. Shirley Owens, of the Michigan State
 University Center for Advanced Microcopy, and an image of differentiating
 neuronal cells by Dr. Torsten Wittmann of The Scripps Research Institute of
 Cell Biology,
     "This year's 30th Anniversary of Small World recognizes the world's best
 photomicrographers who make critically important scientific contributions to
 life sciences, bio-research and materials science. These winners stand on the
 cusp of a revolution in imaging technology that enable scientific
 professionals to deepen their research and share their results faster with
 other scientific professionals who, in turn, build upon their accomplishments.
     We are all beneficiaries of their scientific insights and artistic
 perceptions," said Lee Shuett, executive vice president, Nikon Instruments.
 "The photomicrographs featured in the gallery of art demonstrate scientific
 curiosity blended with extraordinary artistic sensibility."
     Nikon Instruments also announced today that it will kick off its Small
 World museum tour throughout the US in January. "The Nikon Small World Exhibit
 attracts thousands of people of all ages fascinated by these uniquely moving
 images," said Eric Flem, communications manager, Nikon Instruments. "These
 photos allow us to share in the special moments of discovery that spark
 scientific curiosity, and can serve as inspiration to aspiring young
     The Nikon Small World 2004 distinguished panel of judges included Michael
 Davidson, of Florida State University, Michael Peres, Ph.D., of the Rochester
 Institute of Technology, Bonnie Stutski, photo editor of Smithsonian Magazine,
 Ellis Rubenstein, president of the New York Academy of Sciences, and Ted
 Salmon, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina.
     Now in its 30th year, the Small World contest was founded in 1974 to
 recognize excellence in photography through the microscope. Each year, Nikon
 makes the winning images accessible to the public through the Nikon Small
 World calendar, a national museum tour, and an electronic gallery featured at The competition's reputation has grown over
 the years and is regarded as the leading forum for recognizing beauty and
 complexity as seen through the microscope.  The Nikon Small World
 Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in
 photomicrography.  Participants may access entry forms and submit their images
 in traditional 35mm format, or upload digital images directly at MicroscopyU
 on the Nikon Web site ( For additional information,
 contact Nikon Small World, Nikon Instruments Inc., 1300 Walt Whitman Road,
 Melville, NY 11747, USA or phone (631) 547-8569.
     Nikon Instruments Inc., world leader in microscope and advanced digital
 imaging technology, is committed to providing its customers with quality
 products for bioscience research and industrial applications; high-performance
 semiconductor wafer handling and inspection equipment; and advanced high-
 speed, vision-based and optical measuring tools. For more information, visit
 the Nikon Web site at Product related inquiries can
 be directed to Nikon Instruments at 800-52-NIKON.
      The 2004 gallery of winning images can be viewed at
      1st Prize
      Mr. Seth Coe-Sullivan
      MIT Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
      Quantum dot nanocrystals deposited on a silicon substrate (200x)
      Polarized reflected light
      2nd Prize
      Dr. Shirley Owens
      Michigan State University
      East Lansing, Mi
      Tradescantia virginiana (spiderwort flower) anther and immature pollen
      Confocal (laser)
      3rd Prize
      Dr. Torsten Wittmann
      The Scripps Research Institute
      La Jolla, California, USA
      Differentiating neuronal cells (actin, microtubules and DNA) (1000x)
      4th Prize
      Mr. Chales Kazilek
      The Paper Project / W.M. Keck Bioimaging Laboratory
      Arizona State University
      Tempe, Arizona, USA
      Australian plant fibers (Juncus sp.) from mold-made paper (100x)
      Confocal (3-laser)
      5th Prize
      Mr. Francois Paquet-Durand
      Institute of Physiology and Cell Biology
      Hannover School of Veterinary Medicine
      Hannover, Germany
      Differentiated human NT-2 neuronal cells, 6 weeks old (40x)
      Confocal (laser)
      6th Prize
      Mr. Charles Krebs
      Charles Krebs Photography
      Issaquah, Washington, USA
      Thorax, head and eye section of Chrysochroa fulminans (a metallic beetle)
      Reflected light
      7th Prize
      Mrs. Tora Bardal
      Department of Biology
      Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
      Trondheim, Norway
      Turbot larvae, 25 days old (6x)
      8th Prize
      Mr. Alan Opsahl
      Groton, Connecticut, USA
      Rat epididymis (part of the male reproductive system) (100x)
      9th Prize
      Mr. Edy Kieser
      Ennenda, Switzerland
      Crystallized acetaminophen and ascorbic acid (40x)
      Polarized light
      10th Prize
      Mr. Wim van Egmond
      Micropolitan Museum
      Rotterdam, The Netherlands
      Brittle Star Larva, living specimen (100x)
      Differential interference contrast
      11th Prize
      Mr. Edy Kieser
      Ennenda, Switzerland
      Crystallized glycine, tartaric acid and resorcinol (40x)
      Polarized light
      12th Prize
      Mr. Christian Gautier
      BIOS/PHONE Photo Agency
      Paris, France
      Scolex (head) of Cysticercus psiformis (tapeworm) (100x)
      Polarized light
      13th Prize
      Dr. Tsutomu Seimiya
      Department of Chemistry
      Tokyo Metropolitan University
      Tokyo, Japan
      Interference image of a microscopic flow-pattern in draining soap film
      Simple microscope
      14th Prize
      Mr. Robert Markus
      Biological Research Center / Institute of Genetics
      Hungarian Academy of Sciences
      Szeged, Hungary
      Taraxacum sp. (dandelion) stigma with pollen (100x)
      15th Prize
      Mr. Wim van Egmond
      Micropolitan Museum
      Rotterdam, The Netherlands
      Micrasterias rotata (a desmid) undergoing cell division (200x)
      16th Prize
      Mr. Ruben Sandoval
      Indiana Center for Biological Microscopy
      Indiana University School of Medicine
      Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
      Superficial kidney glomerulus of a living Munic Wistar rat (60x)
      Confocal (2-Photon)
      17th Prize
      Dr. Amy Brock
      Children's Hospital
      Boston, Massachusetts, USA
      Human microvascular endothelial cell (60x)
      18th Prize
      Dr. Jennifer Waters Shuler and Adrian Salic
      Department of Cell Biology
      Harvard Medical School
      Boston, Massachusetts, USA
      Mitotic human cells (microtubules, kinetochores, and DNA) (1000x)
      Confocal (spinning disk)
      19th Prize
      Mr. Pedro Barrios
      National Research Council of Canada (NRC)
      Ottawa, Canada
      Planarization of patterned silicon-nitride-coated silicon-substrate
      Reflected light / differential interference contrast
      20th Prize
      Mr. Albert Tousson
      Department of Cell Biology
      University of Alabama at Birmingham
      Birmingham, Alabama, USA
      Cultured baby hamster kidney cells (1500x)
      Mr. Dylan Burnette
      New Haven, Connecticut, USA
      Filamentous actin and microtubules in the growth cone of a bag cell
       neuron (800x)
      Dr. Kuruganti Murti
      Memphis, Tennessee, USA
      Dried antibody precipitate (1000x)
      Confocal (laser)
      Dr. Chris Guthrie
      Seattle, Washington, USA
      Paraformaldehyde-fixed human embryonic kidney cells (3113x)
      Mr. Rene van Wezel
      Aylesford, UK
      Epidermal peel from an oat leaf (100x)
      Phase contrast with Rheinberg filters
      Mr. Donald Pottle
      Boston, Massachusetts, USA
      Endothelial cell culture (microtubules and nuclei) (400x)
      Mr. Samuel Lawrence
      Kempton, Pennsylvania, USA
      Polished cross section of a bamboo fly fishing rod (200x)
      Differential interference contrast
      Dr. Edward Lein
      San Diego, California, USA
      Coronal sections of a 10 week old mouse brain (2x)
      Mr. Ian Walker
      Huddersfield, UK
      Silkworm trachea (40x)
      Darkfield / Rheinberg
      Dr. Monica Pons
      Barcelona, Spain
      Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) embryo (20x)
      Confocal (laser)
      Dr. Jaromir Plasek
      Prague, Czech Republic
      Wing of a Lasius niger queen (garden ant) (20x)
      Dr. John Hart
      Boulder, Colorado, USA
      Resorcinal and methylene blue
      Polarized light
      Dr. John Hart
      Boulder, Colorado, USA
      Crystallized resorcinal and carbon tetrabromide (33x)
      Polarized light
      Dr. Ales Kladnik
      Ljubljana, Slovenia
      Flies caught on a Drosera leaf (carnivorous sundew plant) (30x)
      Reflected light
      Dr. Marna Ericson
      Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
      Ixodes scapularis (deer tick) hypostome attached to the ear of a hamster
      Confocal (laser)
      Dr. Alison J. North and Dr. Ignacio Munoz-sanjuan and Dr. Ali H.
      New York, New York, USA
      Nervous system of a live Xenopus tadpole (10x)
      Confocal (laser)

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