The competition is in its 42nd year and this year over 2000 people from 70 countries entered. For those that don’t know, photomicrography is the practise of taking a photograph through a microscope or similar magnifying device in order to capture the intricate details of things invisible to the human eye. From the proboscis of a butterfly and the foot of a beetle to espresso coffee crystals, the pictures below give us a whole new way of looking at world. The categories are divided into winners, honorable mentions, and images of distinction, and you can find the full list on the Nikon Small World website.
Japan never fails to amaze us. Yet another set of amazing facts about Japan listed here:
Aoshima, a Japanese ‘Cat Island’
Aoshima Island is one of about a dozen “cat islands” around Japan, small places where there are significantly more feline residents than people.
Cats outnumber humans six to one on the island. Recently becoming popular online, tiny Aoshima has seen a steep rise in tourist visits, overwhelming the handful of permanent residents.
Okunoshima, Rabbit Island
Japan’s Rabbit Island is home to hundreds of wild but friendly bunnies who approach tourists for food.
It’s not known how the island came to be overrun by rabbits, but from 1930 to 1945 it was used as a testing ground for poison and it is thought during that time the test subjects included rabbits.
Zao – Fox Village
This magical oasis of foxiness is called Zao Fox Village, and it’s located in Japan’s Miyagi prefecture. For 100 yen (or about 85 US cents), visitors are provided with food, but because the foxes are not domesticated, they are cautioned against hand-feeding them or bringing small children.
Nara, Deer City
The City of Nara, Japan has a population of more than 300,000 people and more than 1,000 deer. They’re everywhere (they’ve been known to), generally harmless and revered by the locals. documents the deer’s quiet wanderings in dreamy, almost surreal photos of wildlife in the last place you’d expect to see it.
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We first saw the following set of images on my Facebook timeline, accompanied by the hash tag #breakingStreotypes. I thought it was a social campaign but when I looked carefully ,turned out it was a series of advertisements for a new website Truly Madly ( ), which aims at modern matchmaking based on a compatibility assessment model rather than the societal stereotypes people in India have to encounter when trying to find a match for themselves. I think the idea is truly brilliant and the pictures say a lot.
The complete campaign consists of about 40 pictures, which can be found here .This website is also the source for these.