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2016 Nikon Macro Photography Contest Winners Show A Side Of The World You Haven't Seen Before

Nikon just announced the winners of their annualĀ Small World Photomicrography competition, and these photos are proof that bigger isn't always better when it comes to photography.

The competition has been running for 42 years, and over 2,000 applicants from 70 countries submitted their photos for consideration this year. Photomicrography, for those who don't know, is the art of taking a photograph through a microscope (or other magnifying devices) in order to capture details that would otherwise be invisible to the human eye. These photos provide a whole new outlook on the world around us, from the wings of a butterfly to crystals of espresso coffee. Check out the top 15 below.

15th Place: Head Section Of An Orange Ladybird

Geir Drange

14th Place: Mouse Retinal Ganglion Cells

Dr. Keunyoung Kim

13th Place: Poison Fangs Of A Centipede

Walter Piorkowski

12th Place: Human Hela Cell Undergoing Cell Division

Dr. Dylan Burnette

11th Place: Scales Of A Butterfly Wing Underside

Francis Sneyers

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10th Place: Frontonia (Showing Ingested Food, Cilia, Mouth And Trichocysts)

Rogelio Moreno Gill

9th Place: Espresso Coffee Crystals

Vin Kitayama & Sanae Kitayama

8th Place: Wildflower Stamens

Samuel Silberman

7th Place: Leaves Of Selaginella

Dr. David Maitland

6th Place: Air Bubbles Formed From Melted Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) Crystals

Marek Mis

5th Place: Front Foot (Tarsus) Of A Male Diving Beetle

Dr. Igor Siwanowicz

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4th Place: Butterfly Proboscis

Jochen Schroeder

3rd Place: Brain Cells From Skin Cells

Rebecca Nutbrown

2nd Place: Polished Slab Of Teepee Canyon Agate

Douglas L. Moore

1st Place: 4-Day-Old Zebrafish Embryo

Dr. Oscar Ruiz

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