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Stunning Photos of the Very Small

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The winners of the 2011 Nikon International Small World photography contest were announced Tuesday (Oct. 4), with the winning photograph of a green lacewing larva taken by Igor Siwanowicz of the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Germany. (LiveScience)

(Credit: Nikon Small World Competition) The Nikon International Small World Competition awards photographers for their renderings of the beauty and complexity of teensy things through the light microscope. The resulting photomicrographs must not only awe but also contribute significantly to various scientific disciplines. From alien-looking insects and worms to cells that would make stunning decorations, the 2011 award-winning photographs are both stunning and informative. Take a stroll into the world of the small.

itsy-bitsy green lacewing larva 

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