You may be asking yourself how a turtle wound up in a microphotography contest. This inch-long fluorescent turtle embryo was not only accepted, but won first prize for Teresa Zgoda and Teresa Kugler in the 2019 Nikon Small World Microphotography competition. We assume the original is infinitely detailed, because the embryo really was photographed under a microscope. The final image is the result of stacking and stitching hundreds of microscopy images. You can see the top twenty images from the competition in this gallery, where you’ll also find links to honorable mentions and more.
Below: Depth-color coded projections of three stentors (single-cell freshwater protozoans) by Dr. Igor Siwanowicz.