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Mouse Embryo Captures Top Honors At Nikon Small World



MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- From a background of blackness emerges a peaceful image of bright red and green - a double transgenic mouse embryo - this year's winning entry in the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. The image was captured by Gloria Kwon , a researcher at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute, using widefield microscopy and red and green fluorescence.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071005/NYF023-a

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Nikon Small World recognizes Kwon's image, along with the other 2007 winners, for depicting both scientific and artistic qualities, illustrating proficiencies in both areas. The winning images were selected from over 1,700 photomicrograph entries from scientists and artists from around the globe and judged by a panel of experts.

"Nikon Small World provides the opportunity for the general public to experience the beauty that can be generated through scientific research," said Lee Shuett, executive vice president, Nikon Instruments. "As digital imaging capabilities continue to advance, our abilities to capture and share the tiniest of objects continue to grow. We celebrate every Small World contributor as we honor the 2007 winners."

Founded in 1974 to recognize excellence in photography through the microscope, Nikon Small World is the leading forum for celebrating the beauty and complexity of objects seen through the light microscope. The 2007 winning photographers were recognized last night at the Explorers Club in New York City , a famed meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide. Nikon also unveiled the complete gallery of winning photomicrographs set to tour science and art museums across the nation beginning October 12 . Images are also available in the Small World calendar, which can be purchased at www.nikonsmallworld.com, and in an online gallery featured at the same location.

The top three images include Kwon's image of the mouse embryo, Michael Hendricks ' image of a zebrafish brain cross-section and Wim van Egmond's image of a rotifer, a microscopic marine animal. Nikon has also awarded several "Images of Distinction" this year to outstanding photomicrographs that demonstrate superior technical competency and artistic skill.

"Each image offers a glimpse into an unseen world," said Eric Flem , communications manager, Nikon Instruments. "From viewing the smallest specimens to uncovering new levels of detail, these images broaden our understanding of how everything is connected."

This year's judges again represented top industry experts and included Thomas Deerinck, research scientist, National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research and the Center for Research on Biological Systems at the University of California, San Diego ; Nicole Dyer , senior editor, Popular Science; John Hart , atmospheric and oceanic science professor, University of Colorado, Boulder; Malcolm Ritter , science writer, Associated Press; and Daniel Sieberg , science and technology correspondent, CBS News. Michael Davidson , Director of the Optical and Magneto-Optical Imaging Center at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University served as a consultant to the judges.

THE OFFICIAL 2007 NIKON SMALL WORLD WINNERS

The 2007 gallery of winning images can be viewed at

www.nikonsmallworld.com.

1st Place

Gloria Kwon

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute

New York, New York, USA

Double transgenic mouse embryo, 18.5 days (17x)

Brightfield, Darkfield, Fluorescence (GFP, RFP)

2nd Place

Michael Hendricks

Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory

National University of Singapore

Kent Ridge , Singapore

Zebrafish embryo midbrain and diencephalon (20x)

Confocal 3rd Place Wim van Egmond Micropolitan Museum

Rotterdam , The Netherlands

Testudinella patina (a rotifer) (400x)

Differential Interference Contrast

4th Place

Charles Krebs

Charles Krebs Photography

Issaquah, Washington, USA

Marine diatoms attached to Polysiphonia (red algae) (100x)

Differential Interference Contrast

5th Place

Peter Parks

Imagequestmarine.com

Witney, Oxon, UK

Sea water with mixed zooplankton and needle eye (20x)

Reflected Light 6th Place Charles Krebs Charles Krebs Photography Issaquah, Washington, USA

Hydrophilidae sp. (water scavenger beetle) larva (100x)

Brightfield with Crossed Polarization

7th Place

Michael Klymkowsky

MCD Biology

University of Colorado at Boulder

Boulder, Colorado, USA

Xenopus (frog) embryos (20x)

Stereomicroscopy 8th Place Vera Hunnekuhl Department of Zoology University of Osnabruck Osnabruck, Germany Erpobdella octoculata (fresh water leech) (25x) Confocal 9th Place Shamuel Silberman Ramat Gan, Israel

Papaver subpiriforme (corn poppies) flower bud (20x)

Fiber Optic Illumination

10th Place

Dr. Stephen Nagy

Montana Diatoms

Helena , Montana, USA

Antique microscope slide featuring thin section of diseased ivory (15x)

Polarized Light 11th Place Dr. Robert Markus Institute of Genetics

Biological Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Szeged, Hungary

Opening stamen of Mirabilis jalapa (flower) (125x)

Confocal 12th Place Annette Bergter Zoology Division University of Osnabruck Osnabruck, Germany Ophryotrocha diadema (marine worm) embryo, showing nervous system and cilia (25x) Confocal 13th Place Dr. Stephen Lowry University of Ulster

Coleraine, Northern Ireland , UK

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