Light microscope reveals chick embryo in detail

NEW YORK, NY -- The Popular Vote winner in Nikon's 2008 Small World Photomicrography Competition -- that is, the image most favored by the public -- features a chick embryo. The stunning photo was captured by Tomas Pais de Azevedo of Lisbon, Portugal, a biology student currently enrolled in a master's course on evolutionary and developmental biology.

Voters chose Pais de Azevedo's image from 115 finalists, and Nikon recognized the image alongside the other winners of this year's competition at an event at the Astor Center in New York City on October 15, 2008. Pais de Azevedo's image was also named an Image of Distinction.

"The Popular Vote engages a broad audience of scientists and non-scientists alike and gives everyone the ability to serve as judges," said Lee Shuett, executive vice president, Nikon Instruments. "These images showcase the tremendous beauty and detail that can be captured as part of the scientific process."

Founded in 1974 to recognize excellence in photography through the microscope, Nikon Small World celebrates the beauty and complexity of objects seen through the light microscope. The 2008 winning photographers were recognized at the Astor Center in New York City. Nikon also unveiled the complete gallery of winning photomicrographs set to tour science and art museums across the nation beginning October 24th. Images are also available in Nikon's Small World calendar, and in the company's online gallery.

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