On Monday (December 9), Nikon Instruments announced the winners of the ninth annual Nikon Small World in Motion Competition, which recognizes outstanding videos and time-lapse photography taken through a microscope. This year’s first place winner is a video of a polyp emerging from a staghorn coral (Acropora muricata) filmed by Philippe Laissue, a cell biologist and bioimaging specialist at the University of Essex in the UK.
“Coral reefs are in alarming decline due to climate change, pollution and other human-made disturbances. I hope this video shows people the beauty of these organisms while raising awareness of their decline,” Laissue says in a press release.
Richard Kirby, an independent scientist and filmmaker based in Plymouth, UK, won second place for his video of protozoan Vampyrophrya parasites swimming within their host, a small crustacean called a copepod.
Coming in third place is a video from father-and-son duo Tommy and Jesse Gunn of a microorganism known as Stylonychia creating a water vortex with its cilia in order to capture food.
Emily Makowski is an intern at The Scientist. Email her at email@example.com.