The Nikon Small World Exhibit at the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Wilmington, Pa. celebrates the intersection of scientific technique and art.
It features winning photographs from the 2011 Nikon Small World Exhibit photomicrography competition, including 20 unique images of unusual, magnified subjects. Images to look out for are florescence in a liverwort and the surface of a microchip.
Tickets are $8 for adults, and $6 for children 3-17. Seniors are $7, and members and children 2 or younger are free.
The competition recognizes excellence in photomicrography, honoring images that successfully showcase the delicate balance between difficult scientific technique and exquisite artistic quality.
This year’s top honors go to Igor Siwanowicz for a captivating image of a small bug that landed on his hand and began fiercely digging its mandibles into his skin. Instead of swatting the insect away, he removed a tiny test tube from his pocket – which he carries for occasions such as these – and captured it as a potential subject for his photomicrography passion. Little did he know at the time, but this chance meeting with what is actually the Common Green Lacewing would lead to him being named the winner of the 2011 Nikon Small World competition.