Nikon Small world Contest.

Very happy day for me and my dad to be recognized in the world of science and microscopy.
Competing against very talented and smart people and research centers and university labs around the world we got 3rd place in the world! We are honored and proud!

We started using microscopes 2 years ago and never imagined we would get the honor of being in the top 3 with the best of the best in the microscope world!  The Nikon small world contest focuses on microscopic things but in fact, the contest is actually a worldwide contest.

We worked on developing a way to see the unseen
with a microscope, you can see microscopic organisms but you can’t see how the cilia “ hair-like things used For movement and feeding” with my method you can see how they influence the water around them and the speed they can move water and how they used cilia to move thru the water and also eat.

Equipment used:
Amscope 340B
Labcam iPhone adapter
Gunnkraft Darkfield filter.

1st Place
Dr. Philippe P. Laissue
University of Essex
School of Life Sciences
Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom
Emerging Acropora muricata (staghorn coral) polyp (coral tissue in green; algae in magenta)
Custom-built Light Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy
10x (Objective Lens Magnification)

2nd Place
Dr. Richard R. Kirby
The Plankton Pundit
Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom
Vampyrophrya (parasite) tomites swimming rapidly around within the body of the dead copepod host
1x (Objective Lens Magnification)

3rd Place
Tommy Gunn & Jesse Gunn
New York, New York, USA
Stylonychia (microorganism) creating a water vortex using its cilia
10x (Objective Lens Magnification)

4th Place
Dr. Hunter N. Hines
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Fort Pierce, Florida, USA
Two freshwater tardigrades feeding on another tardigrade
Differential Interference Contrast
10x (Objective Lens Magnification)

5th Place
Dr. Kate McDole & Dr. Philipp Keller
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Janelia Research Campus
Ashburn, Virginia, USA
Developing mouse embryo, showing the progression of neural tube folding and closure
Light Sheet, Fluorescence
16x (Objective Lens Magnification)