Top Photomicrographs of Life Beginning: Wired Science

Betsy Mason at Wired Science just shared some of the great photos that were included in this year’s Nikon’s Small World competition.

Some of the winning images in this year’s Nikon’s Small World photomicrography contest capture some of the first moments inside the eggs of animals including starfish and butterflies.

I was lucky enough to be one of the judges for this year’s competition, and among the most memorable of the 2,200 entries were images of the first few cells at the very beginning of an organism’s life. I’ve gathered some of the best photomicrographs of these early moments in this gallery.

My favourite one: Reakirt’s Blue Butterfly Egg on Pink Powderpuff Bud (David Millard, Austin, Texas, USA)