Nikon Small World Exhibits opens at Coastal Discovery Museum

July 3, 2019, Hilton Head Island, S.C. – The Coastal Discovery Museum will host the 44th annual Nikon Small World Competition through September 13th. The breath-taking winners of the annual competition unveil the microscopic beauty hidden from the naked eye.

Nikon Small World was founded in 1974 to recognize excellence in photography through the microscope. In 2018, the competition received nearly 2500 entries from scientists and artists in 89 countries.

Small World is widely regarded as the leading forum for recognizing the art, proficiency and photographic excellence involved in photomicrography. The submissions are evaluated on originality,
informational content, technical proficiency and visual impact.

Stunning Weevil Eye is the winner for this year’s competition. First place was awarded to Emirati photographer Yousef Al Habshi, who sees the eyes as the windows to stunning insect artwork and research.

The 2018 winning image captures the part of the compound eyes and surrounding greenish scales of an Asian Red Palm weevil. This type of Metapocyrtus subquadrulife beetle is typically less than 11 mm (0.43 inches) in size and is found in the Philippines.

The top 20 winners will be on display at the museum during the hours of 9 until 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday, and Sunday from 11 – 3. The museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island.

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