Close-up Of Ant's Face Wins Nikon Photo Contest

The world is bigger than we can see. Getting specific can be difficult. Nikon's Small World Photomicrography Competition honors this.

Nikon announced the winners last week, but let us start by talking about one of the runners-up, a picture of an ant.

The close-up photo of the ant was taken by wildlife photographer Eugenijus Kavaliauskas, whose work is so beautiful you could spend hours looking through it.

The picture has gotten some attention on social media, possibly because it looks scary and Halloween is coming up soon. 

The best picture for 2022 was taken by Grigorii Timin of the University of Geneva. It was of the hand of a baby Madagascar gecko.

The beautiful view is 63 times bigger. Bones, tendons, and skin of the gecko can be seen, and the cyan nerves can be seen.

This anemone larva pic was taken by Wim van Egmond of the Micropolitan Museum. It shows an anemone larva that looks like a ghost. 

A tiger beetle with a fly tucked under its chin is another image that gives me the creeps. The colourful picture was made by Murat Ozturk, who came in 10th place.

The other worldly insect pictures are pretty, but the winners have a lot to offer, too, from the ethereal beauty of moth eggs to the bright colours of slime moulds.