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 scientists." 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. ABOUT THE 2004 NIKON SMALL WORLD PHOTOMICROGRAPHY COMPETITION 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 http://www.nikonsmallworld.com. 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 (http://www.nikonusa.com). For additional information, contact Nikon Small World, Nikon Instruments Inc., 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747, USA or phone (631) 547-8569. 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THE OFFICIAL 2004 NIKON SMALL WORLD WINNERS The 2004 gallery of winning images can be viewed at http://www.nikonsmallworld.com. 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) Fluorescence 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) (6.25x) 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) Brightfield 8th Prize Mr. Alan Opsahl Pfizer Groton, Connecticut, USA Rat epididymis (part of the male reproductive system) (100x) Brightfield 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 (15x) 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) Fluorescence 15th Prize Mr. Wim van Egmond Micropolitan Museum Rotterdam, The Netherlands Micrasterias rotata (a desmid) undergoing cell division (200x) Darkfield 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) Fluorescence 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 (200x) 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) Fluorescence THE OFFICIAL 2003 NIKON SMALL WORLD PHOTOMICROGRAPHY HONORABLE MENTIONS Mr. Dylan Burnette New Haven, Connecticut, USA Filamentous actin and microtubules in the growth cone of a bag cell neuron (800x) Fluorescence 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) Fluorescence 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) Fluorescence 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) Darkfield 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) Fluorescence 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 (200x) Confocal (laser) Dr. Alison J. North and Dr. Ignacio Munoz-sanjuan and Dr. Ali H. Brivanlou New York, New York, USA Nervous system of a live Xenopus tadpole (10x) Confocal (laser)
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