It turns out that zoom was on ant face it’s a complete nightmare.
A close-up a photo of an ant sent in as a submission to the 48th Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition – and the results are quite extraordinary.
A tight shot shows the tiny insects, taken by Dr. Eugenijus Kavaliauskas from the Taurage of Lithuania, the beady red eyes of the ants, an angry expression and what appear to be long sharp teeth.
Kavaliauskas took this photograph of the ant using reflected light with a 5X objective lens magnification, according to the competition.
The internet is in the picture – well, thinking about what could be in place of a monster in a horror movie.
Check out some of the reactions to the image.
But the Small World competition didn’t have the complex picture that sparked so much conversation and uproar on social media.
Instead, first place winner Nikon, Grigorii Timin and Dr. Michel Milinkovitch of the University of Geneva presents a detailed photograph of the embryonic arm of a giant day gecko of Madagascar – showing the entire internal structure in vibrant colour.
This is what took the top prize.
“Masterfully blending imaging technology and artistic creativity, Timin used high-resolution microscopy and image stitching to capture this species of day gecko Phelsuma grandis,” Nikon said in a press release.
“[With] as a stunning and visually intensive technique, Timin used image stitching to blend hundreds of images together to create the final image of his gecko.”
Timin said, “This particular image is beautiful and informative, both as an overview and also when you zoom in on a certain region, shedding light on how the structures are organized at the cellular level,” according to the news release.
Among the top 20 submissions were photographs of an agatized dinosaur bone, fluorescent shells of a tiger beetle in flight, cross-sections of a human intestine — and a spider with long legs that looks like a funny little face.
The Nikon Small World competition has been showcasing “photography under the microscope” since 1974.
The judges of the competition analyzed entries from all over the world.
According to Nikon, the entries were evaluated on originality, informational content, technical competence and visual impact.
The 2022 competition received almost 1,300 entries from 72 different countries.