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Extreme Close-Ups: These Stunning Microscopic Photos Showcase Beauty In Biology
December 16, 2013
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The natural world is filled with wonders large and small — the Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition focuses in on the latter.

Winners for the 10th edition of the photo competition were announced today. All of the pictures were captured using microscopes.

A panel of four judges scored the entries based on technical proficiency involved in capturing the images, overall beauty or impact of the subject, and the science depicted in the image.

Winners included pictures of bat and mouse embryos, kaleidoscopic collections of algae and super-close-ups of insect body parts. Click through the gallery above to see the top 10 entries selected in this year's contest.


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