Olympus Image of the Year Award 2021 has announced the winners of its annual photography competition that recognizes the best worldwide talent in life science photos taken with a microscope.
The global winning image was taken by Jan Martinek (Czech Republic).
Arabidopsis thaliana flower with pollen tubes growing through the pistil. The flower tissues were chemically cleared to become transparent, while the pollen tubes were stained with aniline blue (yellow fluorescence) in order to be seen. Continue reading »
Here are the 10 winning photos from the 2022 Shot on iPhone Macro Challenge. Over the course of several weeks earlier this year, iPhone photographers from around the world shared their best macro photos for the Shot on iPhone Macro Challenge, making even the smallest details seem epic in images taken with their iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Continue reading »
According to Niki Colemont, a Belgium-based photographer: “I started with macro 5 years ago. I was inspired because it is a very underrated subject in photography and incredibly difficult to do. I have sold my macro equipment because I can’t combine it anymore with my wildlife photography. Never have I taken a course—making mistakes and trying again over and over is the best way to learn things. I’m happy to say now that I won a prize with one of these pictures. I hope you have fun looking at these pictures as I had fun making them. Peace.” Continue reading »
The world’s first insect influencer @bee_nfluencer has taken to Instagram to make a buzz around an important cause – saving bees from possible extinction. Continue reading »
Wildlife camera and drone operator Josh Forwood shot a fascinating series of close-up portraits of bees that “show how very different they all look.” Continue reading »
The spheres of macro photography and illustration may seem unrelated, but actually, they’re not mutually exclusive. An artist from India, Vimal Chandran, brings these two spheres of art together, and as you’ll see, creates an unexpectedly powerful combination. First, he takes a close-up photo of flowers or other natural motifs, and then he draws the “Yellow Girl,” a character that he created himself, doing cute things that she does.“ Continue reading »
According to Jürgen Novotny: “Which feelings do we encounter when we face beauty? Is there really a connection between the perception of beauty and the notion of time? Based on high-resolution scans I made of dried fruits my photo series “Decent Decay” very well shows that those fruits reveal a beauty all their own.” Continue reading »
Photographer Igor Siwanowicz took these incredible photographs of tiny creatures. Dr Siwanowicz, a neurobiologist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus, Virginia, shows us the wonders of life in kaleidoscopic color. Continue reading »
Billed as the world’s greatest photo game, GuruShots is an online platform that provides a fun, structured way to showcase your images while gaining global exposure for your work. Continue reading »
The winners have been announced in the Luminar Bug Photography Awards 2020, in association with Europe’s leading invertebrate charity, Buglife. Over 5,000 images were submitted from around the globe. The overall winning photographers were, Mofeed Abu Shalwa and Jamie Spensley.
Mofeed Abu Shalwa won Luminar bug photographer of the year. This photograph is of a red palm weevil. (Photo by Mofeed Abu Shalwa/Luminar Bug Photographer of the Year 2020) Continue reading »
A selection of the winning images from Nikon’s 46th annual Small World photomicrography competition. The competition recognises excellence in the world of microscopic image-making. Daniel Castranova, assisted by Bakary Samasa in the lab of Dr Brant Weinstein at the National Institutes of Health, took the top prize for a photo of a juvenile zebrafish.
1st Place. Daniel Castranova, assisted by Bakary Samasa while working in the lab of Dr Brant Weinstein at the National Institutes of Health, took the top prize for his artfully rendered and technically immaculate photo of a juvenile zebrafish. The image is a dorsal view of the head of a fish with fluorescently “tagged” skeleton, scales (blue) and lymphatic system (orange), taken using confocal microscopy and image-stacking. 4X (objective lens magnification). (Photo by Daniel Castranova, Dr Brant Weinstein & Bakary Samasa/Nikon Small World Photomicrography 2020) Continue reading »
Close-up Photographer of the Year is an international competition celebrating the best close-up, macro and micro photography from the bountiful ecosystems across planet Earth. Established in 2018, the competition’s inaugural winners are an intimate delight of close-up captures guaranteed to make you awe in amazement.
First in the animals section and overall winner of the competition was this shot of an eel larva off the coast of Indonesia during a blackwater dive. (Photo by Galice Hoarau/Close Up Photographer of the Year 2020) Continue reading »
Armenian photographer Suren Manvelyan (previously) decided to explore in his ongoing macro photography series of stunning animal eye portraits. In order to capture animals from an amplified and personal perspective, the photographer gets up close and personal with the most unexpected, cute, and often dangerous animals, such as crocodiles, hippos, and chinchillas. Continue reading »
Craig Burrows Photographs Plants and Flowers Using an Ultraviolet-Induced Visible Fluorescence Photography Process
Craig Burrows photographs plants and flowers using a type of photography called UVIVF or ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence. In order to capture the unseen glowing he has to shoot the plants in the darkest environment possible, using a 365nm LED light which is passed through a filter to transmit only UV and infrared light. The ethereal results are always surprising because each plant reacts uniquely and some plants just aren’t as UV photogenic as others. Continue reading »
According to Georgi Georgiev: “I live in Sofia, Bulgaria. I am passion photographer and traveler. I love street and travel photography but my big passion is macro photography. I am spending all the time I have in nature, capturing the amazing macro world.” Continue reading »
Erin Sullivan is a travel photographer, writer, and on-camera host based in Los Angeles, California. She has been self-isolating for the past month, which has prevented her from traveling for work as she typically does. Continue reading »
According to Mofeed Abu Shalwa: “A group of faces of some flying insects , part of my second project, Hovercraft flies, dragonflies, bees and wasps I photographed with focus stacking technology.” Continue reading »
The Surprising Beauty Of Microscopic Insects, Isopods And Crustaceans Illuminated With Polarized Light
Biomedical scientist and microscopy enthusiast My Microscopic World created a really beautiful explanatory video that reveals the surprising beauty of various forms of tiny life as shown under a microscope that has been adapted with polarized life. These micro forms of life include insect larvae, isopods and crustaceans. Continue reading »
Nikon has announced the winners of the 2019 Small World Photomicrography Competition, and has once more shared some of the winning and honored images with us. The contest invites photographers and scientists to submit images of all things visible under a microscope. This year, first place was awarded to Teresa Zgoda and Teresa Kugler for their painstakingly prepared photo of a turtle embryo, using fluorescence and stereo microscopy. More than 2,000 entries were received from 100 countries in 2019, the 45th year of the competition.
1st Place: Teresa Zgoda & Teresa Kugler, Campbell Hall, New York, USA. Fluorescent turtle embryo. Stereomicroscopy, Fluorescence, 5x (Objective Lens Magnification). (Photo by Teresa Zgoda/Nikon’s Small World 2019) Continue reading »
German photographer Kara (Kara-a) has a passion for macro photography and especially capturing drops of water reflecting various images beyond. Simple beauty of little droplets combined with Kara’s creativity brought up some really entertaining photographs. Continue reading »
Outstanding wildlife shots of monsters from the Borneo rainforest by Chien C. Lee, a biologist turned photographer and environmental educator from California who moved to Borneo in 1996. Chien focuses mainly on wildlife, birds, animals, and macro photography.
“My goal as a photographer is to produce images that help to inspire a deeper understanding and respect for our natural world”, he says.
Lee fascinated by the intricate interactions and adaptations of rainforest organisms that showcase the wondrous complexity of these ecosystems.
“One of the most unusual fungi I’ve come across in Borneo’s rainforests is this cage fungus (Clathrus sp.). If only the smelled as nice as they looked! These are relatives of the stinkhorns (Phallaceae) and their name is well deserved. Rather than having airborne spores as most mushrooms, these utilize insects for their dispersal. The putrid rotting scent attracts flies and other insects that inadvertently carry away bits of the sticky brown slime, in which the spores are found.” Continue reading »
Sabine Pearlman‘s photographs find beauty in the destructive engineering of ammunition with this series of cross-sections of bullets cartridges from a Swiss bunker. Continue reading »
It seems that there’s nothing interesting about taking pictures of toys because they’re just figures with no emotion that aren’t able to express any feelings. But creativity and talent can produce some outstanding things, and photographer Jared Middleton proves this to be true. He chose toy figures to be his models and takes great photos of them that look just as cool, if not cooler, than any blockbuster movie shot. Continue reading »
Hitchhikers: Thorny South African Seeds Get An Up Close Examination In Macro Photographs By Dillon Marsh
“Seeds in the form of thorns and burs are familiar features of the tall grass or underbrush of South African landscapes. Some bear hooks and barbs designed to latch onto the fur and fleece of passing animals, while others grow sharp spikes intended to pierce hooves and feet. This allows them to spread to new areas, even crossing to other continents, earning them the collective name ‘hitchhiker plants’. Macro photography reveals the often unnoticed details of these intricate seeds.” Continue reading »
According to Claire Boscher: “These images are part of photographic research I did on the theme of colourful flowers for a collaboration with Huawei for wallpapers design. This project allowed me to continu my artistic research to find new aesthetic designs and colour palettes. Colourful lights are made with coloured filter.” Continue reading »