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January 12, 2016

Tiny pictures make a big impact at Nikon photo competition

View photos taken through microscopes at competition exhibit

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Small World Photography George Watchmaker/Small World Nikon/Facebook

Micro vapor deposition on glass surface covered with an optical coating (100x). George Watchmaker's photo came in 11th place in the 1989 Photomicrography Competition.

Friday, Jan. 15 is opening night of the 2015 Nikon Small World Exhibition of Award-Winning Photography Through the Microscope. The event will be held at The Wistar Institute at 5:30 p.m and is free to attend with a reservation

Science meets art in this exhibition, which features the 20 winning images from the annual competition -- all which have been shot through a microscope. Guests will see photos like a honeybee eye covered in dandelion pollen or the nerves and blood vessels in a mouse's ear. Each photograph is rich with color and gives insight into the tiniest detail of living organisms not seen by the naked eye. Without a description, many of the images look like abstract paintings.

During the event, guests will receive a hands-on microscope demonstration and hear a brief talk on the impact of photography through microscopes.

Those who cannot make it to opening night will have a chance to view the photographs before they continue on a 15-city tour. From Tuesday, Jan. 19 until Friday, March 4 the exhibit will be free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No registration required.

2015 Nikon Small World Exhibition

Friday, Jan. 15
5:30 p.m. | Free with reservation
The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce St.