Nikon Contest Showcases Incredible Videos Captured At Microscopic Level

Posted: Dec 15 2016, 12:08pm CST | by , Updated: Dec 15 2016, 12:25pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

 

Nikon Contest Showcases Incredible Videos Captured at Microscopic Level
Expansion of mold. Credit: Wim Van Egmond
 

Prize-winning videos let us see nature working at smallest scale

A number of natural processes work at small level and microscopes can help us view these fundamental processes of nature at an unprecedented detail. 

The sixth Nikon’s Small Things in Motion contest was also highlighting the wonder and beauty of life at microscopic level. The contest involves participants from all over the world and chooses top three videos and several incredible moments every year.

This year’s first price was given to a physics student and his team for capturing complex and beautiful currents produced by starfish larvae. These currents in water help larvae to bring food close to its body.

While starfish are among the first animals that have evolved to control the environment around them in this manner, science proves that adaptations are likely mimicked by other more complex animals later.” William Gilpin from Stanford University who filmed the winning video said.

An experienced photomicrographer Charles Krebs earned second place in the 2016 Nikon Small World in Motion competition with the incredible video of Lacrymaria olor or predatory ciliate. Lacrymaria olor typically grows 100 micrometers longs and lives in freshwater. The video reveals how the organism stretches its neck up to seventh times the length of its body to capture prey. 

Third place went to a time-lapse video showing the growth of a specific type of mold. The mold, named Aspergillus niger, usually grows on fruits. Molds have a nasty reputation but they look far more beautiful at microscopic level. The video was captured by a Dutch photographer Wim Van Egmond. 

The winners received prize money of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively.

This year’s competition also recognized 17 videos as Honorable Mentions, including cheese mites on cheddar rind, cell division of unicellular alga, micraterias and growth of paracetamol crystal.

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