30 photos through a microscope from Nikon's Small World contest

Nikon Small World is an exhibit of some of the best "photography through a microscope" you're ever likely to see. Now in its 37th year, the competition enjoys entries from micro-photographers from over 70 countries around the globe.

Photomicrography allows photographers access to shapes, colors and detail that go unnoticed otherwise. Whereas one hundred people could take a picture of a city's skyline and all could look the same, photomicrographers could take a hundred different pictures of the same subject, and each would look wildly different. Does the reading lens in a DVD-ROM drive strike you as beautiful? It just might under intense magnification, as you'll see in the gallery below.

Last time we showed you the terror that's in the unseen world all around us. This time, let's take a look at the beauty.

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Nikon Small World, via The Big Picture

Photos and captions provided by Nikon Small World.

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