Glowing brains, fish embryos and a snail tongue taste success in microscopy photo contest

A vibrant, blue-and-orange hued photo highlighting the tiny vessels in and around the brain of a young zebrafish won first place in the Nikon Small World photography contest, an annual competition showcasing photos of our world at the microscopic level, Nikon representatives announced today (Oct. 13).

In this jaw-dropping image, lymphatic vessels in the fish’s brain glow orange, as do branching tendrils extending throughout its body in the complex network of the lymphatic system, which rids the body of waste. Offsetting the delicate orange threads are luminous blue patterns — the fish’s scales and bones.

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